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Sunbreak Cellars - Grapevine Pictures

Thirty-one of the grape vines that we planted were taken from cuttings the previous year and fifteen were from one year old vines that had been grown for a year and then pruned down to just one or two buds. When I picked up the vines, although the one year vines had a leaf or two, they were in a similar state. However, because the one year vines had a more mature root system, they should grow more quickly. This series of pictures shows side-by-side the growth of the vines at different time points.

We'll update this page periodically when there is dramatic change or just to show the differences. While the pictures will not always be of the same vines; they will show a vine that is characteristic of the leading vines of that category.

Grapevines grown from cuttings One Year-Old Grapevines
At the time of planting, the one year old vines (as shown on the right) appeared to be just slightly ahead of the cuttings. They showed a couple of leaves instead of just the one bud. This particular picture shows one of the vines that was the furthest along. On the other hand, the cutting really looks like a twig sticking out of the ground; it is only about 2-3 inches tall.
After one week, leaf had just started to emerge from the bud on the cutting as shown at left. The one year old vine, on the other hand, had really started to open up.
After two weeks, the one year old vines were continuing to accelerate in their growth. The cuttings however, as shown at left, weren't doing that badly. At this time, it's worth noting that these pictures were not taken to the same scale; this particular cutting is probably four inches high while the vine at right is probably 9-10 inches.
At four weeks, the cutting (at left) looks very similar to the one-year old vine about one week after planting as shown in the first set of pictures above. The one year old vine, however, has really started to accelerate and is now somewhere close to fifteen inches tall. By this time, we started to tie the vine to the bamboo stake in order to help ensure that it is growing straight up.

Pictures of our vineyard include:

bulletScenes from the vineyard
bullet Pictures of the grapevines as they grow
bullet Comparing growth rate of cuttings versus one year-old vines


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