The Q&A Archives: Grapevine Winterizing

Question: I have a grapevine in my yard that I had planted last year. This summer, it grew tall and beautiful. Although it did not bear any fruit - I am assuming it was due to the drought we New Jersey folks suffered - I would like to protect it through the winter. I have high hopes for next spring. Do I need to cut off the vines, wrap it up, etc.?

Answer: Assuming the variety of grape you planted is hardy in your area, there is not too much you need to do in the fall. Do not prune until late winter or very early spring. Instead, clean up, remove, and destroy any fallen leaves or stems to reduce the chances of carrying over any pests or diseases. Mulch around the base of the vine but do not allow the mulch to touch the vine itself. Finally, you might want to contact your local County Extension (431-7260) for information about the recommended spraying regime for grapes in your area -- and the best timing for doing it.

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