Planting grapes - Help!

Raw_Nature(5 OH)April 14, 2013

I am a little puzzled about the proper way to prune grapes when planting,etc... Everyplace I go to research, they all have different methods, depending on variety,etc.. Can you guys led me in the right direction?

I have a couple of seeded:

Concord
Catawba
Niagara

Much appreciated,
Joe

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Stick them in the ground, cut back to one or two strong nodes, and train the strongest shoot up your trellis.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 8:25PM
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Raw_Nature(5 OH)

What should I do once they reach the trellis? How far apart should I space each vine? What's the best way to prune the vines?

Thanks fruitnut, you are the man!

Joe

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 10:44PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

When the shoot reaches the trellis pinch out the tip so it will branch out. I'd space them out at least 6ft, 8ft if you have the room. I've pruned every grape I've grown by cane pruning and never been disappointed.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2013 at 11:01PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Basically you only have to remember one thing when pruning grapes, and let it guide you.

Grapes only form on green wood. That means they only grow on vine that grew this year from last year's vine.

So what you want to do is prune it so that you get a nice main skeleton that you leave every year with buds that will grow new lengths of vine next year.

Think of it like scaffolding. Whatever you don't prune will be the scaffold for next year. The scaffold won't produce anything you want, its just the framework for what you do want to grow on.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Raw_Nature(5 OH)

Thanks guys! So the buds break, grows a shoot, and that same shoot produces grapes? The same years growth prodcuces the grapes?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 10:23AM
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Edymnion(7a)

Yup, which is why when you are pruning you want to make sure and leave enough buds for the vine to regrow from.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 12:09PM
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Raw_Nature(5 OH)

Thanks! I appreciate it my friend! What would you space the vines?

Joe

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 12:25PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Raw

The bunches form on new growth. But only new growth from last years growth. Buds that push from wood older than last years wood, don't set fruit.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 1:18PM
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