How to move grapevines

Updated February 21, 2017

Grapes can grow for a hundred years or more and their roots go into the ground deeply. However, if you have younger grapes, under 10 years old, you can move them by digging up their root ball. Grapes need a warm, sunny location to grow the best fruit. The vines do well on fences, trellises and arbors. Planting grapes on the south side of your home will give them all the sunlight they need.

Work 12.5 to 25 cm (5 to 10 inches) of compost into the soil to a depth of 30 cm (1 foot). Dig a hole in the new area about 2 feet deep and 60 cm (2 feet) wide, using a shovel. The area should have full sun and well-drained soil.

Prune back the grapevines to two or three canes with three or four buds per cane, using pruning shears. Prune back each cane to about 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) long.

Dig a hole around the grapevines about 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) in diameter and 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) deep. Dig up the root ball and cut off the rest of the roots with your shovel.

Place the grapevine into the wheelbarrow and move it its new planting place. Place the grapevine into the hole and spread out the roots in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and pat it down firmly. Water the newly planted grapevines well for five to 10 minutes.


Transplant grapevines in the early spring or late summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Compost
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