Cuttings identification

Asked May 7, 2019, 5:44 PM EDT

Hello, We have some cuttings from a local backyard vineyard. We have perhaps Pinot Noir, Cabernet Savignon and Merlot. They are ready to go into the ground. Note, these are just some cuttings no root stock. We thought we would just see if they grew and they did. Vines are in one gallon black pots and are about 12"tall. NOW we want to identify them because we are planting about 15 plants along with a few native vitis californica. We are in Saratoga, CA. This is for landscape and enjoyment. Since the leaves are not mature, we are having some difficulty doing identification. Some plants are taller and more upright with leaves coming out on opposite sides of the stem. Others are shorter and shoots are bunched from one bud. What else will help us identify them? Will leaf veining help identify? OR the under side of the leaves? Again, shape of leaf is helping but not definitive because we are not expert. Thank you. Cindy

Santa Clara County California

3 Responses

It would be difficult but you can do your best to guess based on the leaf shape/size/lobing etc. Note that wine grapes are very susceptible to Phytophthora root rot diseases which kill the plants quickly (no cure) that's why they are grafted onto American root stocks.

HI Michael,
Thank you for your response. We we are studying the leaf shapes. It probably makes a lot more sense to
get grafted plants which have been cleaned of viruses and are ready to go into the ground. UC Davis has a good program for stock. So we may do this instead. It really makes a lot more sense.

Yes that would be better in the long run