Grape Vines

Moving Grapevine to Another Location

Anonymous added on August 15, 2015 | Answered

When is the best time and what is the best way to move my non producing grapevine to a different location in my yard? I am going to put it nearer to the same kind of grapevine that is producing. I think it needs more sunlight. Thank you.

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Answered on August 16, 2015

Provided that the grapevine is not too large, you can do this in spring or fall. But please keep in mind that this will not be an easy undertaking, even for smaller vines. Grapevine roots are deep when compared to many other types of plants.

Cut back the vine to 8 inches from the ground. Before you dig out a grapevine to move it, excavate down around the perimeter of the main trunk out a distance of 8 inches or more. This will help you find any peripheral roots and free them from the soil. Once you have the bulk of the outer grapevine roots excavated, dig down deeply in a trench around the vertical roots. You may need help to move the vine once it is excavated.

Lay the roots on a large piece of burlap and wrap them in the material. Move the vine to a hole that is twice as wide as the roots. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to the depth of the vertical roots. Water the vine frequently while it re-establishes.

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