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Rooting grape cuttings
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Pugs
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March 16, 2020 - 9:37 am

Hello all,

I've got some grape cuttings to root.  They seemed a bit dried out, so I put them in water over night. Now, should I

  • pot them up, one per gallon pot
  • first put them upside down in damp sand, so the end can callus before potting
  • what?

Advice from successful rootings appreciated.

Thanks.

Pugs

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March 16, 2020 - 12:06 pm

I’ve started many by laying the cuttings over (@ least 45 degrees) in decent soil & full sun, most often where I wanted them to stay.  Was told by a long-passed expert that the angle kept their root-forming tissue warmer than if plunged straight down.  That worked well for figs, too.    

Pots may not need the angle, but my idea was, I’d rather have them rooting where I permanently wanted them.  I’d never bothered with callousing or sealing ends, but would sometimes ‘scuff up’ the lower nodes in order to trigger root production, as they naturally healed that area. 

Leave most of the nodes below the soil, only one or two above.  And protect them well from deer ~

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March 16, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Viron said
I’ve started many by laying the cuttings over (@ least 45 degrees) in decent soil & full sun, most often where I wanted them to stay.  Was told by a long-passed expert that the angle kept their root-forming tissue warmer than if plunged straight down.  That worked well for figs, too.    

Pots may not need the angle, but my idea was, I’d rather have them rooting where I permanently wanted them.  I’d never bothered with callousing or sealing ends, but would sometimes ‘scuff up’ the lower nodes in order to trigger root production, as they naturally healed that area. 

Leave most of the nodes below the soil, only one or two above.  And protect them well from deer ~  

Thanks.  I'd like to plant them where I want them, but the area is not ready yet.  Will be by fall, so I'll try them in the pots.

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April 17, 2020 - 7:35 pm

Well, I think my grape cuttings are rooting.  Well, the buds are swelling and almost open, so I assume they are rooting, or getting hydrated somehow.  I really wasn't sure about some of them as they looked like dried up twigs, so I'm quite pleased that they are budding out. So, about a month later and things are looking good.

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