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RE: shaping grape vines (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: fruitnut on 05.29.2013 at 11:07 pm in Fruit & Orchards Forum

You can cut back to one shoot or let it all grow and build a trunk next year. Actually the best method is probably to let it all grow this year and cut it back nearly to the ground next year. This will result in a really strong shoot next year that makes a good plant. Most don't like this approach because they think they are losing a year. That's not the case because what's most important is the size of the roots. More top growth this year equals more roots and a bigger plant next year.

A middle road approach is to run the strongest up a stake for the trunk and keep the others. Then cut out all the side shoots next winter.

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clipped on: 05.31.2013 at 12:53 am    last updated on: 05.31.2013 at 12:53 am