2 Year Old Grape Vine - fruiting and pruning?

silent88May 8, 2012

I have a 2 year old grape vine that has made several bunches of grape blossoms, and one is already starting to bloom.

I think I've read not to let it fruit, but it is growing so vigorously (somehow) that I don't see the problem. So how many bunches of grapes can I let develop, if any?

Also, it was intended to only really span the 5-6 foot fence, should I just let it continue growing and prune it over winter or do I need to do any summer pruning?

Thank you!

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myk1(5 IL)

I see no problem in allowing them to fruit their second year if they've covered the area you want them to grow to.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 4:06PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Grapes normally aren't summer pruned. They are pruned in winter to remove most of the old wood. Leave 2-4 canes of last summers growth. On a vine that size I'd leave 3-4 clusters at most. It's really not that big yet.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 4:57PM
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I seem to recall reading somewhere that a bunch of grapes requires 10-12 mature leaves to feed it enough to ripen successfully.

So, count up your leaves, and divide by 12. That should be your upper same maximum number of bunches to leave on.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 5:36PM
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