Propagating Grape Vines

madferret(UK 8b-9a)July 11, 2010

Is it possible to propagate a vine from store bought seedless grapes? The vine is quite green still and I've put it in water for now.

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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I would think there should be leaves, but the cluster is actually the flower/fruit connected by a short stem with no leaves. This could be tricky. I have one in the fridge, and I see no buds that could turn into roots or shoots on mine.

I can't imagine that it would work, but grapevines are easy to propagate, so maybe it will! Give it a try!! Let us know how it works out!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 9:13AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

There is nothing on the grapes I buy that you could propagate. There are no seeds. The "stem" that the grapes grow on will not propagate. You would need a cane or root to have any chance.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 1:00PM
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oregonwoodsmoke(5 OR Sunset 1A)

Never heard of it, but you have nothing to lose. Let us know how it works out.

If you don't have access to any grape vines to take cuttings, bare root grape vines are usually inexpensive and grow very quickly.

Another option is to find your local gardening club and someone there is sure to have a grapevine and will be happy to let you have some cuttings.

Pay attention to variety because grapes are very specific about the climate they require to set sweet fruit.

Fortunately, there seem to be grapes available for every climate. I wonder, though, if you are in the UK if the grapes in the supermarket might be from someplace warmer like Spain or France. The variety might not be adaptable to your growing conditions.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 2:59PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Agree fruitnut. I went out to the vineyard, and pinched off 4 baby clusters (just forming) because I don't want them on the vines, but I checked them closely! Having rooted many vines, their little stem is not something that could root! For roots to form, there needs to be buds, leaf scars, something!!

I've rooted green softwood cuttings, and dormant cuttings. Both are easy, but this rooting a cluster thing is not something, either you or I, think will work.

Still, I'm a bit of an optimist and somebody that tries to push the envelope, so I'm cheering that this thing works! What can it hurt to give it a try?

One thing I found, (off topic now), trying to root basil in water is that basil is cake to root in water, but... just sticking those stems in water preserves them for 2-5 days much better than if you stick them in the fridge. They go black immediately! But the water keeps them fresh for nightly use!

I know, I diverged! LOL!

Good luck rooting that cluster!!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 3:05PM
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madferret(UK 8b-9a)

What I appear to have is a piece of stem with 6-8 clusters attached, not just a cluster, but anyway going to give it a go.

As for getting some proper vines, maybe I will at some point, presuming I do, do I need some sort of frame/trellises?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 11:36AM
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myk1(5 IL)

I would imagine some sort. With the UK's reputation for being damp I don't think you'd get away with ground sprawl.

It doesn't have to be much. Although I think overhead grapes have a great look to them.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2010 at 1:34PM
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I Guess I'm resurrecting an old thread here, but what about grafting a cluster to any live plant you might have in your garden. If it takes it may grow into something you can propagate ?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:12PM
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