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Grape vine quandry

Hello all, I've just moved allotment sites to one that gets a lot more sun, but hasn't been properly cultivated for the past 3 or 4 years. On the site are 8 established grape vines, currently  at 2ft and growing through grass and stones. Don't know the variety or why someone thought Cumbria was the natural place to grow them! Shall I pull them up, prune them or leave them?


  • Thanks Pansyface and sorry for not replying earlier - (just figured out how to open responses!)

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,690

    A few years back a journalist worte that we would soon be seeing vines on the slopes of Macclesfield if global warming carried on at it's present rate. I used to live in Macc and wouldn't dream of planting vines there yet and as Cumbria is a tad more northern then I'm guessing it isn't the best place to start your own wine making business or even trying to coax a solitary bunch of desert grapes from the damp atmosphere. But if High Cup Wines can make a go of it, then maybe you could just leave your vines, in a spirit of adventure, and see what happens.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,690

    Whoops. Ignore spelling mistakes.................

  • Aster2Aster2 Posts: 629

    If they are established then they clearly can grow there... Why not leave them this year to see what crop you get and then decide? It's too late for pruning them now, though.

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