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Replacing Drowned Grapes

Transplanted grape on a mound.My perennial fruit learning curve remains steep.  I learned the hard way that I have to plant fruit trees in raised beds in the worn out, clay part of the yard.  But for some reason I planted the grapes straight into the ground.

So I wasn't entirely surprised to find that about a fifth of those grapes didn't leaf out this spring.  I'm pretty sure their roots drowned in the waterlogged soil.

Luckily, I had some spare plants left over that I transplanted into raised mounds last week.  This is totally the wrong time of year to transplant grapes, but with some good watering and mulching, the transplants seem to have sprung back only a few days later.



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Tips

Have any tips on taking cuttings? I have three varieties I planted about three years ago. One vine is growing out of control and producing wonderfully. The other two are not doing well. So.... I want to take cuttings from the one that is doing really well and propagate around the acreage. But... I've never grown anything from a cutting. So, any tips appreciated. :D I have heard of buying rooting stimulants, etc. Have you ever used them? Also, is it better to take a grape cutting from the plant when dormant? Or take part of the spring growth?

As an aside, I was going to ask a while back if you had ever heard of WWOOF, but I saw your post the other day.

Still enjoying reading here daily!

Comment by Shannon Wed Jun 3 05:36:10 2009
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I'm glad you asked --- I adore rooting grapes since they're nearly fool-proof. My method uses hardwood cuttings (ie, dormant in the early spring) and no rooting hormone. I wrote about it in great depth here: http://waldeneffect.org/blog/Starting_grapes_from_hardwood_cuttings/. Good luck!
Comment by anna Wed Jun 3 20:39:04 2009

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