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It's that time!

The plants are dormant but the snow is gone.

Better sieze my opportunity to prune my grapevines and root the cuttings. That's 40 little cuttings of Siebel 9549. Maybe half of them will take, and my 2-vine vineyard can expand a little.

Wish me luck!
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Awesome! Did you use any kind of rooting hormone? I was hoping to start trying to get cuttings to root this year. I tried a couple blueberry cuttings last year but did not have any luck. Going to try some experiments this year to see what works...
 
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Sure did, RooTone brand.

This is the first time I've tried sticking them straight in the ground. In the past I've tried doing them into trays inside, with poor luck.
 
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I have read that worm tea is supposed to reduce the mortality of newly planted grape vines. Pretty sure it was Jack Chambers of Sonoma Valley Worm Farm.
Best of luck with your cuttings!
 
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I have good results just sticking them in the ground. It's easy to make up for less than perfect results by sheer quantity of cuttings.
 
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We've had good results layering grape vines to make new plants. Our climate is so dry, that although cuttings might work, layering seemed safer so we tried it and it worked well.
 
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In my super-arid climate, I get less than 1% rooting of grape vines when placed directly into the dirt of my irrigated garden.

These days, I root them in buckets of water. Success rate is about 100% with rooting hormones, and about 50% without. As soon as roots start forming, I move them into pots, and then into the garden.

Here's what some my grape cuttings looked like this morning. I have a few more varieties to cut in the next few weeks.


 
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No kidding!

And that looks like about... an inch of water on the bottom or so?
 
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Mike Cantrell wrote:And that looks like about... an inch of water on the bottom or so?



Yup. I was thinking when I took the photo that the water level was getting low. I'd prefer about 2".

Last year, I took cuttings that were up to about 16" long, and stuck them in 3" of water. This year, I made shorter cuttings, so that they will fit into pots better. I'm primarily growing them for market, so shorter canes are easier to handle and transport.

 
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Oh cool im not the only one!

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Ta-da! At least 15 of them took!
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