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18/05/2013 at 16:26

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I planted the vine a few days ago and today my son pulled all of those leaves off. There is one healthy looking shoot with a baby leaf at the bottom left. I was wondering if anybody knew if the plant is likely to survive now. I have only just started reading and learning about gardening and I know nothing.

I wasn't even sure how grapevines grow before I put it in the ground. I just plopped it where the most sun hits.

Go easy on the newbie...

18/05/2013 at 17:06

It's ok - he hasn't killed it - he's pruned it a bit wrong, but it'll survive  

It  may not grow any long shoots this year, it might just have a couple of leaves or so, but next year it'll grow some longer shoots again - and it'll have better roots by then and should grow just fine - and by then your son will be a year older and know a bit more about gardening.

Why not help him sow some nasturtium seeds in the patch in front of the grape vine - they enjoy being in the sunshine and their roots won't damage the vine at all - and the whole plant is edible so your son can eat it if he wants to and he'll come to no harm.  I like the leaves in sandwiches with a little salami - they're a little bit hot like watercress, and the flowers can go in a salad, and you can pickle the seeds and use them as capers.

When my daughter was a little girl she grew some every year - one year they were eaten by caterpillars, but instead of being sad, she said she had a butterfly farm 

18/05/2013 at 17:07

I think it'll be OK, especially as it's still shooting.pruning grapes to maximise fruiting is a bit fiddly, but loads of info on the net.

Loads of sun good, but they are very vigorous, just wondering whether you could move it a bit further away from the post an path, morecentral to the trellis and supports? Otherwise you will be cutting off a lot of growth on the path side.

18/05/2013 at 17:19

Thank you both! Some great ideas there.

AFTER I planted the vine I had a look at how they grow and I realised planting next to the path was a pretty big mistake. :/ I'm really kicking myself for not looking it up.

That's another thing I was worried about - are you sure I can move it? Or is it best to leave it now.

18/05/2013 at 17:22

If you only planted it a few days ago it'll move just fine - it won't even notice it 

By the way, I meant to say, welcome to the Board - hope to see lots more of your growing gardening (and the Under Gardener's efforts  )

18/05/2013 at 17:22

If you only planted it a few days ago, it'll be fine. The longer you leave it the harder it'll be! 

18/05/2013 at 17:41

At this stage, move it where and when you like - even later, it is surprising how forgiving plants are when you ask them!! That vine will come to no harm. very early in its life and in the season.

Maybe a little patch of garden for your boy so he can learn to appreciate what you are doing and enjoy gardening?  They take to it remarkably early if given the chance. 

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