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blueflybluefly Posts: 29
hi I have a grape vine three years old and last year it had lots of bunches of grapes  I did prune it back later on .But this year it has only one bunch of grapes How do I prune it right and how and when to do it should I start form the main stem many thanks for any advice given  


  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,424
    Any help for @bluefly ?
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    If training by the 'cordon' method (one main stem with sideshoots) then pruning is done when it is dormant - I do mine in December but some start as early as October, if all leaves have fallen.  Cut each and every side shoot back to leave a short stub with 2 buds on.  When it starts growing in spring and you see the little flowerd/bunches forming, count 2 leaves from the bunch towards the growing end of the shoot and cut just above the 2nd leaf.
    Due to 'the beast from the east', my (outdoor) grapevine was very, very late to come into growth and has far fewer grapes developing than usual, so it may simply be the weather this year.  Hopefully others will report on their own vines.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ZeroZero1ZeroZero1 Posts: 577
    I have a black hamburg which has no flower or fruit this year. It fruited well last year. It's outdoors
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,680
    I have a muscat in the greenhouse it has one stem that goes up and across (terrible placement but I inherited it) I cut back EVERYTHING to that one stem in January It reshoots every spring and fruits. I then have to keep cutting it back as it keeps trying to produce new flowers even now!
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