The grape cuttings I started rooting earlier are coming along nicely and have leafed out. While I have not yanked on them to check they appear to have rooted nicely so I haven’t bothered to trim the leaves to reduce transpiration as I have done when I’ve been rooting cuttings outdoors.
I’m rather pleased since going the cuttings route has allowed me to get varieties I would be hard pressed to find otherwise and it’s saved me a load of money. The cuttings were $1 each rather than $7 to $10 if I’d been buying stock from a local nursery.
Along one side of my yard the previous owners planted some cedars up against the fence. They add a nice bit of green and an additional bit of privacy to the yard. BUT, I can’t eat cedars so I am planning to remove them and put in grapes trained vertically.
What really got me primed was the fassadengruen website from Germany which shows step by step how to train the grapes in this fashion. It looks much easier than the other methods – and frankly the grapes I’ve grown in the past haven’t been very well trained – and should allow me to grow and edible privacy screen!
The quality of cuttings I received from Burt Dunn was excellent. Thanks Burt!