Grape Planting Instructions and FAQ's
Grape Planting Instructions
- Plant dormant, bare-root grape vines in the early spring.
- Construct a trellis or arbor before planting. Grape vines will need to be trained to some sort of support to grow upward. This will also cut the risk of disease.
- Most grape varieties are self-fertile.
- Before planting grapevines, soak their roots in water for two or three hours.
- Select a site with full sun. If you don't have a spot with full sun, make sure it at least gets morning sun. A small amount of afternoon shade won't hurt. Your soil needs to be deep, well-drained, and loose. You also need good air circulation.
- Space each plant 6 to 10 feet apart (16 feet for muscadines).
- For each vine, dig a planting hole 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Fill with 4 inches of topsoil. Trim off broken roots and set the vine into the hole. Cover the roots with 6 inches of soil and tamp down. Fill with the remaining soil, but don't tamp this down.
- Prune the top back to two or three buds at planting time.
- Water at time of planting.
We have prepared your plants so they can ship without dying. We have added soil moist to the roots to preserve water around them and to keep them from drying out. PLEASE TRY TO PLANT WITHIN 72 HOURS. Water well. They may be wilted due to shipping shock, but soak plant in bucket of warm NOT hot water for about 1 hour prior to planting. This will allow the plant to take more water up to the stem. Depending on the weather it may take 3 to 4 weeks to break dormancy and show leaves. If you have leaves already and they are wilting see above and do not worry. They will come back out and sprout new leaves. Please be patient! Enjoy.
Frequently asked Questions
Can I grow these in my area?
To find out if a plant will grow in you area you need to Google your hardiness zone and check that with hardiness zone for the plant. You can also look at the USDA or the Department of Agriculture in your area.
What is a bare root plant?
It is in a dormant state and is shipped with no soil.
I see mold on my bare roots, will it be ok?
Yes it will be ok. Just wash it off in some warm (not hot) water.
How big are the bare roots?
Bare roots vary in size, they can be between 6 to 12 inches.
How old are the bare roots?
They are 1 year old roots.
How much grapes will I harvest in my first year?
Our Grape Plants will only produce a handful of grapes in its first season.