All information contained in this article is meant as a guide only, and variances may occur under different site conditions.
Planting Procedure-Dormant Vines (inc. own roots)
Timing of Planting
Earlier establishment maximises the length of the growing season and the potential for vine development. However early establishment needs to be weighed against frost risk, weed control, water-logging and low soil temperatures. For most regions and sites the ideal time to plant is from mid-September through to mid-October. Planting should occur preferably on cool days and ideally prior to the hot and dry part of the season.
Vines should be planted as soon as possible once received.
Prior to planting the root system may need to be trimmed back. The severity of the trimming will depend on the planting technique:
- For machine planting cut back to approximately 5 cm
- For water jet planting cut back to approximately 12 cm
- For shovel planting a root system of greater than 12 cm can be kept so long as the roots are in a downward pointing position in the hole.
Push the dormant vine into the planting hole until it hits the base of the hole, then lift upward so the roots are orientated downwards. Approximately 20 cm of the vine trunk should be below the soil surface. Shovel some topsoil around the base of the vine and press firmly to expel all air pockets.
Biodegradeable Pots (inc. own roots)
Timing of Planting
Generally potted vines will not be available for planting until late October. Planting should occur preferably on cool days and ideally prior to the hot and dry part of the season. Vines should be planted as soon as possible once received. Potting mix dries out at a rapid rate. If the potted vines can not be planted immediately, store them in an area protected from the wind, and water as necessary.
Prepare a planting hole approximately 15cm wide by 30 cm deep. Gently place the potted vine in the planting hole and backfill with topsoil. The top of the pot needs to be covered with approximately 5cm of soil to prevent rapid evaporation of moisture from the potting mix from which the vine initially depends. Shovel some topsoil around the base of the vine and press firmly on the soil to expel all air pockets.
We strongly recommend the use of vine guards with biodegradable pots to buffer them from high UV, wind and vermin.