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grape pruning dilemma

Posted by mdchambe 5 (My Page) on
Thu, May 16, 13 at 21:25

Hello all,

Last spring we planted one concord and one reliance seedless grape vine.

Well...they have yet to be pruned. I know I missed the ideal time but should I prune them back to one or two "branches" now or let them go until next winter to prune? I hate to let another growing season go with them putting energy into 4 or so branches. I'm central central Iowa.

Here is a picture of the reliance. The longest branch is roughly two feet. I will stake them up this spring yet.

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RE: grape pruning dilemma

You need to pick ONE so all the energy is focused in to that branch and it will become your trunk. I think you can prune it now but I am FAR from a grape expert. I know fruitnut said you can wait till they flush new growth and in Iowa it can't be that long ago it broke dormancy.

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