How to Transplant a Grape Vine

Written by michelle diane
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Transplanting grape vines is a delicate job that can be hard on the plants. Approach the process with care and patience for the best results.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Spade
  • Pruning shears
  • Root stimulator
  • Non-organic trellises

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    Prepare the Grape Vines

  1. 1

    Prepare your grape vines for transplant early in the dormant season. Prune the grape vines dramatically after the sap has fallen, before the winter sets in.

  2. 2

    Decide where to transplant your grapevines. Grapes need a lot of direct sunlight to thrive. They will add both beauty and shade to the new site.

  3. 3

    Dig holes for the roots of your transplanted grape vines. Grape vines often have root systems that span 8 feet, or more. Drastic root reduction will send the plant into shock. Dig holes that are deep and long enough to accommodate at least 3 to 4 feet of the massive root ball.

  4. 4

    Set a non-organic trellis firmly into the ground, 6 to 8 inches from any wooden structure. This will provide your transplanted grape vines with better circulation, promote healthy growth and protect the wood from moisture rot and decay.

  5. 5

    Mix root stimulator with water according to package directions, and set it aside.

    Transplant the Grape Vines

  1. 1

    Use a shovel and spade to remove one grape vine from the ground, getting as much of the root as possible. Work quickly and transplant one vine at a time. The less time your grape vine spends out of the ground, the better its chances to survive and resume fruit production.

  2. 2

    Place your grape vine in the new hole. Untangle and spread out the roots, taking care not to crush or bend them. This will make it easier for the roots to take hold, and improves the grape vine's ability to flourish.

  3. 3

    Cover your grape vine's roots with dirt. Pack the dirt firmly, but not too tight; ensure that the roots can breathe. Water your transplanted grape vine with the root-stimulator mixture. Move on to the next grape vine and repeat the process.

Tips and warnings

  • The optimum time to transplant your grape vines is near the end of the dormant season, in early spring.
  • Substitute rebar or PVC pipe for the non-organic trellis if you want to design a custom trellis.
  • Grapevines usually go into shock when transplanted, and it is rare that they will produce fruit in the two years following. Professionals recommend that you immediately pluck any fruit that does appear to give the roots time to establish.

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