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Do you have grape plants, or know someone who does?

Do you want more?

It’s easy as kindergarten to enlarge your grape kingdom, and if you live in the Northern hemisphere, this is the perfect time to do it–while the plants are dormant and spring is only a few months away.

Please, Spring! Be only a few months away!

(the view from the Damsel’s window this morning)

On an existing grape plant, find a vine roughly a pencil’s thickness.

Trim a piece roughly two feet long, with four or so nodes, but don’t fuss. It helps if you make one of the cuts close to a node. This mystery will all become clear soon.

Done in conjunction with pruning, you should have plenty of vine to choose from. One pruned vine can yield several baby grape plants.

Some folks dip the cut ends in rooting medium and plant directly in pots, in a warmish place until spring. The Damsel chose to go the other route, which is to just put the cuttings in a quart jar of water. If you put the end with the node close to the bottom downward, it will have a better chance of staying submerged. This is your goal. (A ha! Mystery revealed!)

Now you wait, refilling the jar as necessary as water evaporates. It will take a few weeks until nice roots form. Watch for another post later when it’s time to plant. Be patient, and stay warm with thoughts of the Spring that surely will come.

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  • That awesome! I should find someone with some grape vines…

  • Wendy

    Our grapes started a few weeks ago to start to bud. We had a warm snap of 80s. We live in the southern US. We love the grapes and have them planted to cover an arbor for our house. What a great idea to start new plants.

    • the_damsel

      I'd love to have an arbor! Sounds beautiful.

  • Oh, I wish we could even grow grapes up here! I think this year I am going to try tomatoes.

  • I grew up in a yard covered with grapevines, in fact, several years we had so many grapes, we'd pick them, lay them on blankets out in the desert sun, and have raisins quite quickly.

    • the_damsel

      That sounds fantastic. I assume you made grape juice? Were they Concord grapes?Love,Nosy Damsel

  • the_damsel

    Remind me where you are again? We used to grow them in Washington.

  • How beautiful and amazing! I thought your post was going to end in offering some plants! Haa! Some day, I'll have some grapevines…

  • Thank you so much for this post. It reminds me so much of my grandmother and it brought wonderful memories. Thanks!

  • I complete forgot about this until reading your post, but the grape vine in my backyard asa a child was actually grown from a clipping of the grape vine in my grandparents backyard! Just reading this makes me want to rush over to my grandparents' old house to see if the new owners still have that vine!! That would be SO AWESOME! I used to LOVE those grapes!! 🙂

    • the_damsel

      Oh, I hope they do still have it. If it were me, I totally wouldn't mind cutting you off a start. Hope they feel the same!

  • Amy R

    I have a question. I am new to working with grape vines. I did as instructed above, got my cuttings and put them in a jar of water. 2 of them did nothing but get moldy, but one of them last week bursted with buds of leaves. the bottom end does not have roots, just a slimey glob on the bottom of the stick. What do I do now? The leaves are about the size  of half dollars. don’t want to throw it away. Please help. Thank you, Amy R

    • Anonymous

      I’ve read a little more on this since I wrote the post, and have learned it can depend on the type of grapes. Some need to be started from “green cuttings”, that are taken in the spring, and others from “dormant cuttings” you take when the plants aren’t growing in the winter. Also, do you have nodes or nodules under the water level? That is where the roots should appear, rather than from the bottom.

  • NursekissesRN

    Yesterday I found a yard with MANY grape vines surrounding it.  Would this work NOW? in June??

    • thedamselindisdress

      It’s probably on the late side, but it wouldn’t hurt to try, right? Good luck! Margot (The Damsel)

      • NursekissesRN

         thank you for quick response! Did not expect that at all.  Another question.. (could probably throw out a million questions!) ….I am teaching myself…(and kicking myself for not watching and listening to my father regarding gardening, a lot closer when he was alive!)   I am in town.  But have 3-4 of the cutest little bunnies bouncing around the yard…sunning themselves, smelling the flowers…and ….destroying my garden.  !!!!I want them OUT!!!….but am afraid that if I use sling shot that I will injure and not kill them, and that would break my heart.  Can NOT shoot with gun…..too close to neighbors.  I do not believe in killing something that you do not utilize for survival.  ANY IDEAS OF HOW TO ASK THEM TO MOVE…..AND GET RESULTS???? lol   is this one of those dream on questions??

        • thedamselindisdress

          Oh man, I’ve been there. My next door neighbors had the cutest bunnies but they were always in my yard, and although they were adorable, they killed everything they could touch, including two fruit trees. Broke my heart. My neighbors finally gave them away. They felt terrible about the whole thing.
          If you don’t know who they belong to, and can’t get recourse that way–or maybe they are wild? I think your only solution is to call animal control. There are sprays and things that repel rabbits, but that wasn’t a good option for us since our yard is big–and the rabbits were very determined. They didn’t seem to mind the sprays much.
          Now we have chickens and they are terrible too! We’re learning.

          Let me know what happens!

          • Julie h

            Sprinkle your garden area with blood meal or get some of that stuf from Cabelas…or other stores…that smells like coyote urine. Keeps not only the rabbits away but also the deer.