Catawba Grape Vines

jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)September 14, 2013

I purchased two Catawba Grape Vines this week. The vines are large and healthy and I want to plant them properly and train them along t-posts and smooth wire. It's my understanding that grapes are pruned in late winter here in Texas, but does that mean that when I plant them this week, I do no pruning at all? I will place a post where each vine is planted so that I can tie the vine to it for future training. Is this the right course of action?

thank you,
Molly

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flatwoods_farm(9A Riverview, F)

Your goal is to fill your trellis with permanent cordons. There probably isn't enough time this year to do this. You have two choices- begin training now thru dormancy and continue in 2014 OR cut down to two buds at dormancy and start 2014 with a new trunk and start training anew.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 12:06PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

Thank you so much for your response to my question flatwoods. I am in southeast Texas and we have a long growing season, usually with our first frost in late November/early December, so I think I will start the training now. I understand that I would prune to two buds to start the training, right?
Molly

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 1:38PM
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flatwoods_farm(9A Riverview, F)

You mean two buds at ground level? Wait until Xmas to cut it. You need all the energy this year's leaves provide.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 4:20PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

Thanks again for your advice. I will hold up on the initial pruning.
Molly

    Bookmark   September 15, 2013 at 9:15PM
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