James Landreth wrote:Also, if you take a large cutting and bury several of the nodes it'll start out with a more extensive root system.
r ranson wrote:I'm thinking of growing grapes.
The problem is it is very well drained and we get zero rain in a normal summer. But we terraced it and have been working on improving the moisture holding capacity of the soil. It also is an excellent spot for capturing the dew. People grow wine in the Mediterranean which has similar conditions to ours, so I thought maybe we could try that.
I also have a grape plant that does really well in our condition with zero irrigation. We've taken a cutting from this plant and tried them in various spots. Once it's established, it's impossible to kill with neglect. I think it must have something special about its roots.
An idea. What if I established some cuttings in the space I want to grow wine this winter/spring. While they are getting established I will buy one or two kinds of wine grape vines and grow them somewhere cosseted. Then next (spring/winter/fall - whenever you graft grapes) graft the wine grapes onto the established roots?
I want to do that thing where the grapes grow along a wire.
Is this plan possible?