100-Year-Old Grape Vine

Discussion in 'Grapes and Grape Vines' started by Eric La Fountaine, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The following was received via email:

    Hi My name is John.
    … across from our family [and] the house has a grapevine i think concord grape easily over 100 yrs. old
    is going to be torn out to construction to be devoloped. My guess that the vine is even older. I think closer to 150 really. !!! How to move it ? if possible or ? please respond soon. Its in lower Magnolia in Seattle, less than 1 month to do. Quite the story of the Scalese and Greenwood familys. The house is very old , one of the few houses left of the R.R. tracks going thru Interbay.
    Thx John
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    sw USA
  3. pattykake

    pattykake Member

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    hello. I moved 3 different grape vines 3 years ago. I believe them to have been around 60 years old. Only 1 survived. It was very disheartening. I would take cuttings and try to root also perhaps grafting onto new root stock before digging up the vine and moving as the plant may perish. Prune ing heavily before a move is advisable anyway. good luck. where are you located? Try to recreate the environment the plant is used to and start digging up the vines roots farther and deeper than you would normally think was necessary. pattykake
  4. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Cutting back during transplanting is of benefit only to the planter, by making the subject smaller and easier to handle, and not of benefit to the plant.
  5. Carol Ja

    Carol Ja Active Member 10 Years

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    If your going to do it this time of year you might want to wait for all the leaves to disappear, then you know it is dormant, or really close to it. Then if your digging, dig deep as it will have a large root, get as much as possible, then transplant right away.
    If there is a back hoe coming to tear down the house, then get them to dig the plant out and carry it to your truck or whatever, save your back and the grape.
    Good luck.
    Carol Ja
  6. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    San Joaquin Valley, California
    John, why not join the forum and then post
    some photos of the vine. There are some
    capable people that can provide some
    information in how to dig up, transport and
    transplant such an old vine. Paul and Chris
    have shown in other threads that they know
    what to do and how to transplant a large tree
    or large shrub the right way. With such a large
    vine it will require some preventative pruning
    prior to trying to uplift and move it. Don't let
    others tell you that you cannot move the vine
    now. People have done such things in Portland
    with rather old Pines as late as mid November.

    Just a few quick questions: How far will the vine
    have to travel from its current location to where
    you want it to be planted? Vines that old tend to
    have been stressed for several years, at least here
    they generally are, have you done some probing
    to see where the roots are and how far they extend
    outward from the base of the vine? What is the
    health of the vine right now? As a hedge against
    going to the extreme cost of moving this vine it
    may be wise to take some cuttings and just heel
    them into some sand if need be for the Winter.
    I think you should hire a professional arborist
    such as an ISA arborist and see what he or she
    can recommend as to the likelihood that such
    an old vine can be safely moved to start with.
    Find someone that will not be overwhelmed
    by the chore at hand but will know what needs
    to be done. Even then there is a risk factor that
    such a vine may not make it. A professional
    will tell you your options and then the decision
    is yours as to whether you still want to save this
    venerable vine or just take some cuttings and
    hope that some of them will root for you.


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