Grape Vine Cuttings

We sacrificed our nice dining room to turn it into a makeshift greenhouse, since our “real” greenhouse is not warm enough yet. We set up two folding tables under the windows, plugged in a 10 ft plant heating mat, and then set out the starter boxes.  The heat below the boxes (which are placed on a special metal grate) raises the soil temperature to optimal levels for root development.

With the nicer weather, Jeff has been pruning grape vines, and he uses the better shoots for starting new vines.  We keep 4 buds per shoot, dip it into plant rooting hormone, and the push each shoot into its own little soil filled tube.

So far, we have about 300 cuttings: