Re: Transplanting a grapevine

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Posted by Tom C on April 25, 2003 at 03:25:17:

In Reply to: Transplanting a grapevine posted by Kristan on April 24, 2003 at 18:20:24:

: My mother in law has a 5 year old grapevine that we
: want to transplant. Kristan

Grapes can have a pretty substantial root. Use a sharp spade and cut a ball about two feet on either side of the trunk. Shake it out (don't try to move the whole 4 foot ball) and you'll have a substantial but edited root system. Put your top and root pruned grape into a prepared hole you have ready.

I would not want a bare-root grape to be exposed to air for more than an hour or two, less if you do this right.

You will not get grapes this year (you pruned off the wood grapes form on). In fact you might not get any next year either till the root grows back.

This is just about worth doing for a single vine, if you have many vines its too much work.

Tom C
zone 5 NH

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