PLANTING - BASIC INSTRUCTIONS

Below are two basic instructional sections to optimize the vines' survival, according to their types (potted or bare-root plants).

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POTTED PLANTS

Prior to the sale, our plants are rooted in the greenhouse and have been acclimated to outdoor conditions. Therefore, they are ready to be planted in the field.

Pre-planting

Make sure the plants get maximum sunlight and don't dry out.

  • Soaking boxes in water to the point of saturation should be sufficient for 3 to 4 days;
  • On cool and cloudy days, watering manually should be enough;
  • Do not leave the plants on hot asphalt surfaces;
  • Do not store the plants indoors.

If immediate planting is not possible (more than a week or two), call us for specific instructions.

Planting

Several conditions to ensure a successful plants recovery after planting must be followed.

  • The later the planting in the season, the higher the establishment conditions will be affected, and the larger the cost;
  • Much less plant growth;
  • Higher risk of dehydration during heatwave and drought.

Plants availability : From May 15-20 to June 25, approximately.
Possible planting time :  Après que les risques de gel soit passés.
Ideal planting time : First week of June.

Vines planted during a period of drought must have an alternative hydration (irrigation, watering). 

Planting procedures

The planting year, depending on the method (planting holes or furrows, etc.), vines must be planted under conditions that optimize the plants survival:

  • Plant the potted vine at a depth of 7 inches (20 cm) in a loose and well-prepared soil;
  • Add 2 to 4 cups (1/2 to 1 liter) of water to each plant to remove any air pockets;
  • Leave a slight depression around the base of the plant for extra watering;
  • In case of a prolonged drought, it is recommended to water again every 10 days approximatively. If planted on a steep slope, the highest point of the segments (dry segments at the top) may require more frequent watering;
  • Some years, depending on conditions, an additional 3 to 4 watering will be necessary; while other years, there is no need.

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BARE-ROOT PLANTS

As opposed to potted plants in greenhouses in the spring, bare-root vines are cuttings planted in the field during summer.  Plants do not have a pot, so they are kept in cool storage from November until planting.

Pre-planting

  • Plants must be kept in a cool area between 35°F and 42°F (2 to 6 °C) to be stored for a long time.  It is also important to place them in airtight bags to prevent drying;
  • or several days, the vines can stay outside, but the roots should be kept moist at all times.

Planting

It is better to plant these types of vines early in the season. Otherwise, the growing cycle could potentially not be completed which may cause damage from low temperatures during the winter season following the planting.

  • The later the planting in the season, the higher the establishment conditions will be affected, and the larger the cost;
  • Much less plant growth;
  • Higher risk of dehydration during heatwave and drought.

Plants availability: Beginning of May to June 15, approximately.
Possible planting time: Plant dormant (low risk of frost). 
Ideal planting time: As soon as the conditions are favorable. 

Vines planted during a period of drought must have an alternative way of hydration (irrigation, watering).

Planting procedures

  • Before planting, prune back the roots to approximately 4 inches (10 cm);
  • Plant the vine at a depth of 8 inches (20 cm), and completely cover the roots with soil. Compact manually the added soil to eliminate air pockets, and ensure the vertical stability of the plant;
  • Add 2 to 4 cups (1/2 to 1 liter) of water to each plant to remove any air pockets;
  • Leave a slight depression around the base of the plant for extra watering;
  • In case of a prolonged drought, it is recommended to water the plants again every 10 days approximatively. If planted on a steep slope, the highest point of the segments (dry segments at the top) may require more frequent watering;
  • Some years, an additional 3 to 4 watering will be necessary; while other years, there is no need.
Mariette LagueuMarquetteSerre Viticulture A&MAdalmiinaSerre Viticulture A&MPetite perleAlain BreaultES10-18-30