Air Layering grapes

poolecw(Georgia 7b)September 7, 2013

Is it too late in the year to try to propagate muscadine and concord grapes using the two litter bottle air layering method? (first week of Sept)

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


It is a lot easier to start grape cutting in the early spring. Just cut about a foot and a half of the fruiting cane from last year growth with five buds on it of each varieties. Trim out the lower 3 buds and stick them about half way into the tilt soil or pots. They will sprout out like weeds.


This post was edited by tonytran on Sun, Sep 8, 13 at 13:15

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 1:04PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)


I think you have enough time.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 1:05PM
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Question: How old is your muscadine vine(s)? How thick is the main trunk?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:35PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Yeah, you probably can, but seems like more work than it's worth.

Just do your normal pruning and stick the cuttings in the ground.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 2:56AM
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poolecw(Georgia 7b)

copingwithclay, these are 2 yr old vines with trunks slightly bigger than a pencil. I had two plant die on me this summer and I wanted to propagate some replacements.

yukkyuri kame,
I want to try multiple methods to see what works better. Muscadines tend to do better with green wood propagation (from all the reading I've done)

I appreciate the comments.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 9:17AM
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poole: I have also had young bare root vines die in the first year after being planted. I would MUCH prefer just ordering a few more young, inexpensive vines in Winter and planting them. Your young living vine would serve you better if you cared for it well with moisture and food for several more years, than greatly interrupting it's progress by chopping it in half when it has only a small root system.Think in terms of years rather than expecting a quick when growing tomatoes.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 12:44PM
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poolecw(Georgia 7b)

You are right. I guess I'm just trying to jump ahead too fast!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 1:18PM
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Muscadines root very poorly from hardwood cuttings (dormant) and greenwood cuttings generally need intermittent but frequent misting (with timers and such).

You could layer a muscadine runner into the ground now though and check it for roots next spring.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2013 at 5:40PM
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