found 3 neglected grape vines at my new home.

Asked May 5, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

We just bought a home in Alpine, Utah 84004. As we were weeding the overgrown yard we found 3 neglected Eastern Concord grape vines against the back wall. (Vitis Labrusca Eastern concord)
It looked like they were planted 7 years ago and completely forgotten. I have no knowledge of grapes but I have been researching and know that they should be supported on a cordon trellis and it needs a good pruning which I also have been researching online. ( They were never trellised)
The problem I'm having and I'm so confused about is the root on the bottom of these plants. These vines have about 5-7 roots that are about the same size coming out of the bottom and spreading out all over the place. I don't know where to cut because all the roots look the same.
The other issue I'm having is one of the vines does have a large root coming out of it that has grown strangely instead of up towards the sky, down along the grass. So, if I was to try and pull it up to trellis it properly I feel like it might snap in half and I don't want that to happen.
There are blossoms just starting to form on many of the overgrown branches.
I guess i just don't know where to start. Because of the blossoms I know it is still alive.
Can you help?
Lisa Freeman

Utah County Utah viticulture

1 Response

Hello I would recommend that you contact the fruit specialist at USU, Dr Brent Black. His email is Brent.black@usu.edu. Sorry I can't be of help, but he should be able to provide answers.