Unruly Grapevine

radiogirl78October 8, 2007

Hi, I just moved into a house that has an unruly grapevine hanging down from a trellace in the backyard. There seems to be quite a bit of dead foliage intertwined with the good stuff. How do I go about pruning it?

Thanks,

Amy.

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oxmyx(6)

In my experience grapes should be pruned WAY back, now.
Don't hesitate to bring it into extreem control, even if you plan to have it grow next year. It will enjoy the severe cutback. You may want to lave sveral leaders that encompass the area involves, 2 or 3 may be appropriate, extending to the midway point of the trellace.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2007 at 8:10AM
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lynette7

I just moved into my grandmothers house a year ago - she cared for 2 arbors but they both have been neglected for years. My husband pruned one waayyy back and it grew but no fruit. Should I prune again? Will I get fruit next year? We sprayed the concord arbor, no pruning whatsoever, and the grapes were plentiful but late in growing, turned black. Is this because of improper spraying? Should we do a cutback on this one? Should I just try to prune the dead to let more light thru?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2007 at 1:17PM
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oxmyx(6)

I was wrong about when I used to prune grapes, it is spring!

here is some useful info

http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/frt_hort/grape_pruning_basics.htm

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 9:48AM
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sabe(z7 NY)

Lynette,
if you observe the proper pruning techniques, but still don't have fruit, then you most likely need more light.

If the vines have been in long neglect, most likely all the nearby trees and shrubs have been neglected too, or at least, have now grown tall enough that they are now blocking out light that the vines used to get.

I've found grapes need full sun, with no overhanging canopy stealing the light.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2007 at 12:15PM
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