The Q&A Archives: Growing Grapevines

Question: A neighbor just gave me a grapevine in a pot -- about six feet long, new leaves all along the stem. I need to know where to plant it -- what kind of sunlight, soil, and support does it need? Will it grow along a fence or does it need its own trellis? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer: Grapes are relatively easy to grow. Plant yours in soil you've amended with compost or leaf mold, in the sunniest place in the yard. Grapevines can be trained on a trellis or fence, and you can prune it to keep it in bounds if it begins to sprawl beyond its designated space in the garden. In order to produce fruit you'll need train your new grapevine from the very beginning. There's an excellent chapter on the subject in the book: "Pruning", by Christopher Brickell, ISBN# 0-671-65841-7.

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