Planting grapes - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
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Question by patjohn3
January 18, 2011
We and live a few miles north of the Mexican border in southern California. Will grapes grow well in containers and will manure help them when we plant them?

Answer from NGA
January 18, 2011
With a little extra care, you can grow grapes in containers. Here's how:
First, choose a large, fairly deep container - at least 15 inches deep and at least 18 inches across. Make sure your container has drainage holes in the bottom. Place your container next to a large, sturdy trellis, wall, strong fence, arbor, etc. Your grapevines will need at least 6 feet of growing space. Fill your container with a good quality coarse potting soil. To plant, trim away broken roots of your grape plants. If your grape plants have tight, balled up roots, loosen them.

Place the grapevine into the container and cover the roots with potting soil. As your grapevines grows, train the vines up onto the trellis or fence using strips of fabric or plastic garden ribbon to secure the vines to the support system.

Water your grapevines when the top of the soil dries out. Be sure to prune your grapevines annually to encourage fruiting.

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