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Growing Grapes for Beginners

Updated on November 19, 2009

A Beginners Guide to Growing Grapes

Many people choose to carry out hobbies and small businesses of growing fruits and vegetables, and a lot of satisfaction can be gained from eating or selling items that you grow yourself. Watching the growth of a plant into a nutritional fruit or vegetable is a very rewarding experience, and I am certain that you will find great pleasure in growing grapes. But, before going out and beginning planting your own vineyard, there are some things that you must understand about raising grape vines:-

Growing grapes is not a very difficult task. However, it does take patience. Once you have given your grape vines some attention and time, you can and will be enjoying them for years to come.

Before beginning the preparation for your grape vines, you must first determine what type of grapes you want to plant. This will be determined by your climate and the area in which you live. The reason why you want to plant grapes will also have a major impact on the selection of grapes you choose. Some grapes are better suited for picking and eating while others work better in jams, jellies, and juices(recipes to follow in another hub). Knowing your purpose for the grapes and the climate in which you wish to grow them should be discussed with your local specialist nursery before making your choice.

Once you have decided on the type of grape you want to plant, one of the first steps in growing grapes and getting your grape venture underway is selecting the location for the vines. It is very important to ensure that you have adequate soil. You will need to fertilize the soil with either store purchased or natural fertilizers to give your vines a good healthy beginning. Many vine growers believe that organic or natural fertilizers work best for grape vines.

You will also want to ensure that the area that you choose has good drainage. Many grape growers find that planting grape vines on a slope works very well. Good drainage is a key factor in keeping grape vines disease free. Grape vines often thrive in rocky areas where other plants do not keep these factors in mind when choosing your location for planting.

Autumn is often the best time of year to plant grape vines. It is better if the plants are in a dormant state, and timing will be an important contributes to the success of your grape vines.

At the beginning of the growth of your grape vines, you will need to make sure that the plants receive about one inch of rain per week. If your area does not receive this much rain, you will need to water your plants.

Once your vines have grown leaves, make sure that they remain dark green and healthy. If the leaves do not appear to be healthy, you will need to add nutrients to the soil, which we will discuss in a later hub.

As the vines begin to grow, you will need to train them to grow on trellis. This trellis can be made from wood, iron, PVC, or wire. Young plants often need a lot of coaching to begin growing in the right direction.

Once your vines have a good foundation for growth, you will see them begin to change and develop each day. Keep an eye out for weather and pests damage and before long, you will be overwhelmed with the excitement of your first grape clusters!

So, let’s get started growing grapes!


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      Jose 2 months ago

      I planted Concord grape 2-1/2 years ago and to this day the are just tiny ones. I fertilize twice a year and still fruits are still small. What can I do?

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      Theodore Anthony 3 months ago

      I live in the tropics . Can I possibly grow any specie of grape vine. If so suggest the specie and how to get it. I have all the time and facilities to care for it. It's just for my consumption

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      Alison Brown 3 months ago

      Just planted 2 ea of black and green table grapes into stoney soil left after after site build up in northern coastal area of North Island NZ. Planted 2 mtrs apart supported by 3 heavy posts with 4 strands of stainless wire starting at 400mm off the ground up to a height of 1.8mtrs over a 25 mtr length to train them with 3 Black Magic passionfruit plants 2 trs apart also.

      Daily training of these north facing sunny southern boundary plants is quite exciting. My only concern is westerly salt winds end on but as we exiting our windy period hoping this will allow a good bedding in period.

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      Tavia 8 months ago

      Looking forward to learning more. I live in zone 6b at about 3000 ft. elevation. Would like to plant both table grapes and grapes for making juice and jam. Would Concords be a good juice/jam grape to plant in this area? Soil is gravelly/sandy with good drainage.

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      samuel kalule 9 months ago

      am from Uganda it's really great for this information of grapes begnners

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      Bella Shaikh 10 months ago from UK

      I am on my second year growing grapes. This is good information for those starting out, and trust me, it is worth it. Nothing like eating your own ripe grapes from the garden.

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      kalule Samuel 12 months ago

      The information is so great soon I will be trying my grape vines.

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      Dale 13 months ago

      I have 9 grape vines about 12 yrs old. All I ever get is lots of vine and leaves. They are on a trellis and get watered. I can count the number of grapes I have gotten on one hand. Help is needed, Dale in Seattle, WA area.

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      Todd Charske 17 months ago

      Seemed to be a lot about preparing to grow grapes and nothing on actually growing them

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      Ericka Villarreal 18 months ago

      I live in laredo TX.. it is very hot here what kind should I plant in this area

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      Deder 18 months ago

      What the most effective way to stop the birds from eating the grapes?

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      miriam e taylor 19 months ago

      this is the second year i have had wonderful grapes only to go out and they are all gone this year i even draped them in netting

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      Cindy Jameson 21 months ago

      I have wonderful grape vines always lots of grapes but the stay small and seem to not get ripe where as they are small and very tart .

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      Ben 2 years ago

      the grapes burst open before reaching ripeness, what should I do?

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      Mary challender 2 years ago

      I live in mobile Alabama .what is the best grapes should I use

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      Laurie 3 years ago

      Lots of vague advice. Would prefer something more specific

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      Ryan 7 years ago

      Great info. I have found more about how to plant grapes right here.

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      hassan 7 years ago

      iwant to grow grape under drip irrigation system in sudan

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      sheryld30 8 years ago from California

      Ooooh!~ Those look sooo good. Love this hub. I am a big fan of gardening!! :)