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Thread: Growing Grapes from Seed - an Experiment

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    Default Growing Grapes from Seed - an Experiment

    This year as an experiment I've decided to try growing grapes from seed instead of the usual grapevine cuttings.

    I got seed in late January from a local grapevine that had old dried up bunches of seeded grapes still hanging there. I had read that the seeds need to be stratified (exposed to the winter cold before they will germinate) but I reckoned that they'd already had that by late January.

    I harvested around twenty five seeds and washed them in water to get the remaining flesh off and any germination-inhibiting chemicals that naturally occur. The viable seeds apparently sink in the water, so you discard the others.

    I put the seeds in the airing cupboard for around a week or 10 days and the grape seeds started to germinate. I've now got around 13 baby grapevines with the first true leaves appearing. The downside about growing from seed is that they won't grow true to the parent vine. But on the positive side, due to genetic mutations you are getting new varieties that no-one has ever grown before, so it's a pioneering exercise in the making!

    If anyone wants to try doing a similar experiment I'd suggest you don't get your seeds from supermarket grapes, as the varieties they sell are unlikely to give you grapes reliably here in the UK.

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    Hi and welcome to the Vine
    I used to have a grapevine in the greenhouse. Tiny grapes, not worth picking, so I didn't!
    Every spring, baby vines would sprout from the fallen grapes.
    Good luck with your experiment. Hope they are nicer grapes than mine were
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    Hello Scotsbaker and welcome to the vine.

    I had to check who wrote the original post twice as this is the type of madcap idea we usually see from VC (you just met her) or Snadger (he'll be along later to add his input)

    My ideas, on the other-hand, are all TOTALLY SANE - including the Square Foot Gardening orchard and the Tyneside outdoors vineyard

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    Jay I had to double check too

    Scotsbaker welcome - it sounds like a lovely idea, I hope it works out well for you!
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    Good luck with your experiment. Do you know what kind of vine the parent was?
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    I have an 8 year old grapevine that grow from seed. Tiny and seedy but taste very nice. Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    Good luck with your experiment. Do you know what kind of vine the parent was?
    Afraid not, but judging by the parent vine it's a strong grower!

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