Sunday, May 12, 2013

On starting grapevine....

Just replanted a dozen Spanish Grape vine cuttings I've had rooting in a covered but breathable container for 3 months. (rubbermade covered tote)

Got the cuttings from our local vineyard Lavaca Bluffs Vineyard and Winery in February and stuck them in the soil the next week. We kept it damp but not wet and pinched any leaf growth as the buds emerged forcing the "energy" of the cutting to form a solid root system instead of wasting it's "energy" of leaf development.

It worked. 7 out of the 12 had significant "white roots" on them while the rest of them had a solid, small root system established.

I still have bundles in the fridge I may pull out and start more....

My guess is that about half will survive.... at this point we will keep them in a shaded area and not let them dry out until spring 2014 when we can actually plant them. They are way too fragile to endure the hot summer the first year. And even now....we will pinch most of the leaf buds off for the next month or so.... still forcing growth energy to the vital root system in their new containers...

And of the 3 I got last year from the vineyard starter bed...only one survived but is doing quite well.

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