The Q&A Archives: Starting New Grape Vines

Question: I read your faq section about starting new grape vines from rooted vines. It gave me some of the information I needed, but not all. Can you tell me about long it takes for new roots to start and can I cut the vine that comes from the original rooted vine after the part I buried has taken root? Thank you for any information you can give me.

Answer: It's hard to say exactly when you can expect the vine to develop roots - several weeks to several months is average, and depends upon how vigorous a grower the parent plant is. Once roots have developed you can cut the vine from the parent plant, dig it up and transplant it to another location. Sometimes new growth indicates roots have developed, but sometimes it doesn't. Wait until mid-summer, then dig around where you expect roots to be. If none have developed, cover the stem back up and wait another month to check again.

I've found that grapevines root readily, especially if you keep the soil reasonably moist. Hope this information helps!

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