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Planting a Vine

Postby imlne » Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:24 pm

I have some space in my back yard and i want to plant a grape vine. Does any one have any knowledge where to start.
Do I buy wooden or metal staffs to mount in the ground? If so, is there a specific wire to run between the staffs/polls.
What about the distance between the polls.
How many vines could I use? Is there a general rule of thumb on how far apart one plants the vines?

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Re: Planting a Vine

Postby beertron » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:35 pm

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i have never grown grapes but if i were to, i would purchase one of these before i got started.
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Re: Planting a Vine

Postby imlne » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:36 pm

good call about getting knowledge before diving in. This probably make better wine.
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Re: Planting a Vine

Postby tookalisten » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:58 am

I have a single vine that I planted about 8 yrs ago from a cutting. It is now covering about 20 ft and covers 2 lines. It would be longer but I prune it now to keep it this size.
I used two 4x4 posts initially about 8 ft apart with 2 lengths of heavy gauge aluminum wire (so as to not rust) stretched between the 2 posts. The wire is spaced about 3 ft apart. Plant the vine at the base of one of the posts and train it down the wire. You can then expand outward as far as you want to. I now have 4 posts from adding on. You will have new shoots/growth to come up at the base that will allow you to train in the opposite direction down the other lengths of line that you add.
As for other wire options, the plastic coated clothesline wire works well too.

I prune mine back pretty aggressively to the main vine in Feb each year as you will get a huge amount of growth each year. They are easy to grow, plus you can make cool wreaths from the vine prunings each year.
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Re: Planting a Vine

Postby imlne » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:40 am

tookalisten wrote:I have a single vine that I planted about 8 yrs ago from a cutting. It is now covering about 20 ft and covers 2 lines. It would be longer but I prune it now to keep it this size.
I used two 4x4 posts initially about 8 ft apart with 2 lengths of heavy gauge aluminum wire (so as to not rust) stretched between the 2 posts. The wire is spaced about 3 ft apart. Plant the vine at the base of one of the posts and train it down the wire.


Tookalisten, do you have one vine planted in the earth, or do you have one per post?
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Re: Planting a Vine

Postby tookalisten » Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:09 pm

I started with only one vine trained down one line. From this single plant, I allowed "shoots" of new growth that came up around it in the next year to grow and train down the remaining lines.

You can take new growth, bend to the ground and cover with soil/mulch, and then the following winter cut and dig up for a new vine to plant elsewhere as well. This is how I got my original cutting from my Dad's vine.
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Re: Planting a Vine

Postby alieen » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:14 pm

I used two 4x4 posts initially about 8 ft apart with 2 lengths of heavy gauge aluminum wire (so as to not rust) stretched between the 2 posts. The wire is spaced about 3 ft apart. Plant the vine at the base of one of the posts and train it down the wire. You can then expand outward as far as you want to. I now have 4 posts from adding on. You will have new shoots/growth to come up at the base that will allow you to train in the opposite direction down the other lengths of line that you add.
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