Step 1: Choose variety. Choose a variety that is hardy for east Idaho. See back for recommended varieties. Seedless for eating. Seeded for juice.
Step 2: Keep moist until planted.
If potted– fill the top of each pot with water. Allow to soak in. Water daily until planted. If bare root– keep roots in plastic bag away from direct sunlight to keep moist. Plant within 48 hours if possible.
Step 3: Dig hole at least twice as wide as root ball, but no deeper than necessary to accommodate roots.
Step 3: Plant in a sunny location. Against a south facing wall works well.
If potted– remove from pot. Plant at same depth as it was growing in the pot.
If bare root– place roots in their natural position. Do not “squish” roots to fit hole.
Step 3: Backfill with soil mixed 50/50 with T&C Soil Enhancer. Optional: also mix soil sulfur into backfill- 2 tbsp. per 12” wide hole, 4 tbsp. per 18” hole, 8 tbsp. per 24” hole.
Step 4: Water in with Fertilome Root Stimulator solution according to directions on bottle.
Step 5: Watch them grow. Water only when soil appears dry on surface. If plant is dormant (no leaves) it won’t need much water until it leafs out and begins to grow. Be patient. Grapes are one of the last things to leaf out in spring.
Step 6: Feed with Save-a-Tree two weeks after planting. Thereafter feed twice yearly in May and October with Save-A-Tree or T&C Fruit & Flower Food.
Grapes will grow and produce with little pruning, but they can become unwieldy as they grow up to 10 feet per year. They will produce best when trained as shown below.