Starting grapes from hardwood cuttings
It's that time again --- time to expand your vineyard. Don't have much cash? Don't worry. It's free.
Grapes are perhaps the easiest and cheapest fruit (after strawberries) to propagate. First, find someone in your area who grows grapes and offer to help them prune in exchange for taking some of the prunings home. Trim the prunings into pencil-thick sections with four buds apiece, cutting each one just below the lowest bud (see above.)
Next, soak the cuttings for three days --- this step is very important and will at least double your success rate. Finally, push each cutting into the ground so that two of the buds are submerged, making sure the buds are all pointing up.
Weed and water just as you would the rest of your garden all summer, then in the fall dig up your new grape plants and put them in your vineyard. The photo to the right is a seven month old plant I started from a hardwood cutting --- granted, it was the biggest of the batch, but they all looked pretty darn good!
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