Maybe you have heard you can propagate grapes from cuttings but never tried and are interested. Here is the easy way on how to root grape cuttings. So you can be well on your way to homegrown grapes, jelly or heck even wine! Why not?
Can you grow grapes from cuttings?
Maybe you know someone who has grapes growing and they are willing to spare a few branches. Perhaps you know that someone (like I do) who moved into a house with gooseberries, raspberries, grapes, and a cherry tree, and never even wanted them.
You’re over here completely jealous of their homegrown goodness and they want nothing more than to cut it all out.
Ok, thats me, but maybe its you too.
Well the good news is that you can grow grapes from cuttings and even better its super simple too!
Can you root grape vines in water?
If you can use hardwood cuttings (best cut from dormant plants in winter) you can easily root these vines in water.
The process on exactly how to root grape cuttings is really quite simple.
If you like or need you can also propagate grapevines from greenwood cuttings, the process is a little different but the end result is the same, grapes!
How to root grape cuttings
The best time to prune grape vines is during the winter when they are dormant. Those dormant vines that you cut off are exactly what you want to use to root.
Once you have cut your vines take the amount of cuttings you would like to root, and either save them aside in a cool dark place (basement, garage etc) and save them for spring when you will be ready to grow them.
Or if you are ready to get them growing place your vines (I recommend 6-12 inch vines) and place the ends in a jar of water. Put the in a warmish place to bring them out of dormancy a sunny window, or under grow lights.
The grapevines will appear as though they are doing nothing for the first few weeks. That is fine. Depending on the variety, they will begin to first leaf out between 2-4 weeks. You will then see roots start to burst from the lower stems somewhere around 4-6 weeks.
Planting your new grapevines in soil
Once you have a good amount of roots established, plant the now young grapevines in small pots of soil to make sure they are established to the soil before you plant them somewhere outside. Make sure to keep your grape plants well watered for the first few days-weeks in soil, to help establish the root system.
Once your area is warm, transplant your grapevines outside where they can be supported (lessons learned by experience) and in a sunny place. Water well and give them 2 years of growth and good winter pruning. Then you will be enjoying your grape bounty by the bucket loads.
Growing your own grapes from cutting is not hard in fact its remarkable easy. Once you learn how to root grape cuttings and how easy it is you might just be convinced to start your own vineyard! Or at least plant yourself lots of grapes to enjoy for years to come in all sorts of homemade goodies ♡♡♡
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