How to Prune Backyard Grape Vines. Backyard Grape gardeners often get confused on what should be pruned off their vines and when. The purpose of pruning is to obtain maximum yields of high quality grapes.
Backyard Grape gardeners often get confused on what should be pruned off their vines and when. The purpose of pruning is to obtain maximum yields of high quality grapes.
Things You'll Need
Thin Stainless wire
The Most desirable time to prune grapevines is late winter or early spring. The extent of pruning is dictated by the amount of new growth.
Taking out the old canes and letting the new ones thrive is called " balanced pruning"
Take a look at your vine, look for 2-3 yr old canes.. prune these out trying to maintain at least 3 thriving canes from each vine. Prune out all growth from the ground to the first horizontal support
This training system is designed to encourage new fruit production at the specific positions of the vine. Dormant pruning can be done anytime between leaf drop and bud break in the spring.check out resources below for pruning shear site.
Grape growers often prune vines with the intent to achieve a balance between fruit and shoot growth.. a canopy that is too crowded is not good for either. Excessive pruning can reduce the fruit output. For most gardeners, pruning grapevines is relatively easy with a basic understanding of the pruning principals, the right tools and some courage
Tips & Warnings
Use stainless wire to tie off your vines and create horizontal supports
cross over shears are the best
don't prune to early in fall
don't prune after march 15th
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