how to prune grape vines

by Tamar

How should I prune my grapevine?

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Jan 03, 2017
Dear Tamar
by: Eyal

Dear Tamar,

You haven't sent me a picture so ive added my own, hope it would help.

When to prune ? generally speaking you can prune all most all year round, it all depend on what would you like to achieve. i assume that we are not talking about vineyard grape vines. best time would be if you prune just before dormancy ends, few weeks after last frost it would be better to prune only after all leaves dropped

You haven't sent me a picture of you plant so ill try to explain.

What to prune ? you can see that there are three different colors

Gray (the dead ones)
Brown (those who lives)
Green (those who lives but soon to get brown)

Start by pruning and remove the Gray (dead) ones. After that you'll get a clear view of the grapevine skeleton, and it will be easier for you to move on!

prune the dead branches : follow the dead branches until you'll reach the point where they connected to the main stem and prune them half inch away from the connecting point.

prune green and brown branches : like you did with the dead branches, hold a green or a brown branch, follow him with your eyes till you'll reach the main stem, prune few millimetres above the Bud, (see the picture where i wrote "Bud" in white), Why? because you'll come a cross many "Buds" along the branch, you just have to choose above which "Bud" to prune. the closest "Bud" to the pruning point will produce future high quality branches and fruits

After pruning, What you should be looking for ? before you move on the the next cut, make sure to look at the inner part of the branch you just pruned. Take a look at the picture where I'm holding a piece of pruned stem. See the green spot in the middle? that's how you'll know that the branch is a live and healthy.

O.k but what about the fruits? the grape clusters? like with roses there is and old discussion, where to prune exactly to get the best results? so in order to get better fruits, during the last few years the new recommendations is to prune above the Fifth "Eye" or "Bud". as shown in the picture, count 5 "buds" from the main trunk and prune just above it! don't worry, you'll get fruits even if you'll prune above the first bud, but the latest news regard better fruits tells that the fifth bud is the best.

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