overlapping grape vines

blaferbyMarch 13, 2014

I have 3 year old grape vines on a 20' long trellis; 3 plants spaced 10' apart with support stakes in the middle of each section. I have read that the arms coming out of the vines should meet but not overlap each other. This is also what I see in the multitude of vineyards around our town of Lodi, CA. I'm wondering if anyone might know the reason for this? They are currently overlapping but can be cut back if needed. My wife is of the mind that they will produce more fruit with more length, i.e., overlapping as they are now. I'm not sure. Also, the 3 plants are different varieties.
Ideas? Thanks

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
murkwell

Overlapping will be crowded, reduce airflow, keep leaves wet, reduce light penetration for fruit development, and be more conducive to fungal growth.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 6:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

It really won't hurt anything in your dry climate but it won't increase the yield either because the plants are competing with each other. If you want to increase yield make the trellis longer or wider. Yield is proportional to amount of sunlight intercepted.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 6:33PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Apple scions. Help please.
Hello. It's sure nice to see familiar names and faces,...
Joleneakamama
Type of Wire for Espalier?
So I've got a tiny (6 trees) fruit orchard that i've...
symplestytches
Apple varieties evaluations 2005-2015
Hi some people here several months ago asked for a...
Scott F Smith
Propagating Muscadine vine
How long do I leave them in the frig? How do you propagate...
jolj
My Backyard planting experience (so far) - Zone 4a/b Quebec, Cana
Hello all, When starting out I have found this forum...
hungryfrozencanuck
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™