The Q&A Archives: When to Plant Grape Vines

Question: I just received my bare root grape plants from Burpee. An accompanying note advised to plant as soon as possible. The temperature in my area can still get very cold this time of year. Is it safe to plant the grape vines now?

Answer: Plant them right away! Bare root plants should be planted immediately and then allowed to break dormancy naturally -- just as though they had been grown outside all along. I know it sounds like it shouldn't work that way, but it does. The biggest risk is if they are allowed to begin to break dormancy by being kept artificially warm and are then put outside into frigid temperatures.

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