[NAFEX] Killing grapevines

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Oct 8 21:31:51 EDT 2009


Grapes don't regenerate from roots.  They have to have a pre-existing 
bud to grow from.  That means that you don't need to dig any deeper  
than the bottom of the original cutting.  Find the point where the 
roots came out at  the bottom and cut them off a couple of inches from 
the trunk. Take  out  the vine.  You'll have a lot of roots in the 
hole, but they won't sprout back, though they can live for up to four 
years.
-Lon Rombough
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On 10/5/09, William C. Garthright <billg at inebraska.com> wrote:
> I need to kill a couple of grapevines that are close (8 - 10 ft.) to
> other trees and vines. If I cut off the vine and poison the cut end, do
> I have to worry about damage to the roots of any of my nearby 
> plantings?
>
> I've got some brush-killer (Ferti-lome Brush Killer/Stump Killer, which
> is apparently /triclopyr/). I know it works very well, but I haven't
> used it since I started planting fruit trees. I think it sticks around
> for awhile. I've also got RoundUp, but I don't know if that will work
> when applied to a cut trunk.
>
> Basically, I'm just worried about causing unintentional harm to other
> trees and vines through root contact. Do I need to worry about that at 
> all?
>
> FYI, I'm just getting rid of a couple of grape varieties that ripen at
> the same time as my Concord grapes. I'm just swamped with grapes then
> (since I have two Concord vines), and I don't like these much, anyway.
> One is a Caco grape, which I've had for several years (planted on a
> whim, before I was interested in fruit, when I saw a "grapevine" on 
> sale
> in a local nursery). It grows great, but the grapes are always too 
> sour.
> My Allwood grape is just a year old, but unlike the others I planted,
> this doesn't ripen early. And - this year, at least - the grapes just
> tasted... bland.
>
> I might plant another early grape, though. A year ago, I also planted
> Jupiter, Swenson Red, and Kay Gray, and they were wonderful this year.
> They ripened one after the other, which was really nice. And I got
> grapes when I was especially hungry for them. While I'm posting here
> anyway, does anyone have a suggestion for a very early table-grape 
> (even
> earlier than Jupiter, if that's possible - otherwise, just something
> different)? I like a variety of tastes. And seeded or seedless is fine.
> My only remaining location is shaded in the morning, if that matters
> (I'm trying to reserve SOME sunny spots for my garden).
>
> Yeah, I really don't need to plant any more fruit,... but it's
> addicting, isn't it?  :-)
>
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
>
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