- posted 14 years ago
I've got a question that the early Texas hill country spring inspires. I plan to start some of the wild mustang grapes out here this season by layering. It's clearly adapted to the soil conditions, climate, and so forth and thus I presume would make a good root to graft something more wine friendly onto.
My question is why are graft unions made just a few inches from the soil? I'd like to make the graft up near the grape growing portion of the vine, approximately six feet above the soil. It might be interesting to graft both a white and a red to each vine as well.
The advantage to me is that the deer out here have voracious appetites. I'd like to see my vines survive them before I go to the effort of grafting. Further, the six foot height should move the grapes up out of their eating range, at least I hope it does. What are the issues with a high graft?