The Q&A Archives: Drastic Grape Pruning

Question: I have recently aquired a property with two old grape arbors. The arbor consist of stock fencing stapled to locust posts, the plants are 30-35 yrs old to the best of my information. My problem is that the arbors have collapsed and the vines are so intertwined that they are impossible to remove without dramtically pruning them (50% loss) Will they survive this type of pruning and are there any alternatives other than replanting?

Answer: Grapes tolerate drastic pruning very well and will grow back an amazing amount in one season, especially well established older vines. Go ahead and prune as much as you need to, just be sure to leave at least a few pairs of buds at the base. Grapes are normally pruned hard every winter to maximize grape production the following season so you may actually be pleased with the results!

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