Monday, August 4, 2014

Growing Shade and Propagating Grapevines: The Layering Method

Propagating grapevines
Propagating red, seedless table grapes. 
If there is anything we need in our gardens, besides more plants, it is shade. Our back garden is so sunny and hot. It bakes. The surrounding block wall just adds to the heat. It is like a convection oven. I'm surprised anything survives back there in the summer. We need more shade.

Plants are expensive. We choose to propagate much of what we have. One of our latest projects is grapevines. Red, seedless, table grapes. I have this beautiful arbor project in mind I'm sure my husband will love to build for me.

I have never had much luck with rooting cuttings; but I can layer just about any plant and get it to root and grow. Grapevines are especially easy to propagate. I take a nice healthy, green vine, pull off some leaves, nick the vine at the leaf joint and tuck it into soil. As long as the vine stays tucked under moist soil, it will root. I have never seen it fail in our gardens.

Propagate grapevines by tucking living vines under the soil. Keep watered until they root.
I fill a container with organic garden soil, stuff the vine (still connected to the mother plant) at least 3 inches into the soil and make sure it has a good covering. I use a fork, tent stake or large paper clip to secure the vine in the soil and keep it in place. I water it generously with manure tea every day to give it a good start.

Within 3 to 4 weeks the vine has rooted. I leave the plant in the container, connected to the mother plant for 6 to 8 weeks. Once I see lots of healthy growth happening on the plant, it is safe to cut the cord and let it grow on its own.
Wood Streets Gardens growing with Haven's Brand Authentic Manure Tea.
We grow with Manure Tea

The manure tea encourages healthy root growth. They grow like crazy. Healthy roots grow a healthy plant. Healthy plants grow lots of healthy food.

When the roots have become established and the plant begins to show healthy growth, cut the connecting vine to separate the new plant from the mother. At this point you can allow it to continue growing in the container or transplant it into the garden.

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