JONA878 wrote:I guess by 'trellis ' Shawn you want the vine to spread in two directions along your support system.
Has you vine produced any side shoots yet.
What you need is for the vine to have side shoots on either side of the main trunk . These will be tied in to your trellis and become the structures from which the cropping shoots will grow.
If your vine is still just a straight trunk and has no side shoots then you will have to persuade it to grow some.
Cut the vine back to just above the point where you want the side shoots to be.
This will encourage the plant to give you the shoots in the correct position. It's best to do this in the spring once you are sure that any spring frost is past. Just in case any buds get frost damaged.
Once the vine has grown on and main structure is tied in place ...year three. The cropping shoots should then grow up and will need tieing in as they grow.
Once the grapes have set and are swelling well then you can prune back to two leaves beyond the bunch on each cropping shoot. this will keep the whole plant tidy and give the bunches good light.
After cropping prune back the shoots to two to three buds from the main structure again. Once more to allow for frost problems.
This should be done once the plant is fully dormant. ( winter months)
Pretty general I know and depends a lot on how well it grows....but hope it helps.
jal_ut wrote:Yes, see if you can get it to develop some scaffold branches this season. Once that is accomplished, you will want to prune it severely in the spring before growth starts. Since the plant blooms on the new growth, you can cut it back to 3 or 4 buds on each scaffold branch. I can't believe how much growth a grape can put on in a season.
OROZCONLECHE wrote:Hey, I have a Grape Vine, before i never cared about it till now, but now its all dryed up, the Trunk is about 3-4inches thick, there is no leaves on it, is it dead or will it come back next year, and can I prune it like this before spring?
They are probably both the same thing in essence.amalgamate wrote:This is probably a dumb question, but I don't have a clue what I'm doing with my grapevine...
When you say side shoots, do you mean the limbs growing from the main trunk or a shoot that actually grows towards the side of the trunk just at ground level? I have both kinds growing on my 3-year grapevine. My grandfather-in-law said this spring I should try to root the shoot growing from the ground and then cut it off from the main plant.