Because of a good harvest this year, I thought why not root grapevine cuttings. Every year in the fall I cut back the grapevines to encourage healthy growth and to control its size. This is best to do after harvest and the leaves start dying out.
To root the cuttings, I decided to try 2 different methods. If one fails, at least I have the other way to hopefully be successful.
The first method would be to plant the grapevine cutting directly into a small pot with potting soil. To make it simple, I did not use any rooting hormone. The other method is to soak the cuttings in water to see if the roots will grow.
I started off by picking this year’s healthy new growth (not woody) from the canes about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick, somewhere in the middle of the cane. The bottom will be too woody and thick, while the top end will not be well matured.
Next, I counted 4 buds from the cane before I make the angled cut. The bottom should be cut right before the bud. This is where the roots will grow from.
Then I planted some cuttings directly in small pots and watered them. Some of the cuttings went into a container to soak in water.
After that I placed the potted grapevine cuttings in direct sun on top of a garden table and watered it once a week. Due to my concern for wilting, I placed the cuttings soaking in water in a shady area. I made sure I changed the water every 3 days.
To my surprise, both methods worked! After 7-10 days, it’s amazing to see white roots on the bottom of the cuttings planted in pots. The ones soaking in water took about 2 weeks to show roots. When the roots grew to more than 1 inch long I transplanted these cuttings in small pots.
So now I have 6 new grapevines to grow and a neighbor is already asking for two plants. I’m always glad to give it away so someone else can enjoy them. I think I might have spotted where in the backyard I would plant these babies. Here’s to more sweet, crunchy and juicy Red Flame grapes!