The Q&A Archives: Grapevine Growth... Am I Too Late?

Question: Several of your grape pruning answers pointed out that it is best done while they are dormant and that it should be severe - even for overgrown neglected vines like mine. My question is whether it is too late to do anything for this year now that the growth is underway? There is some fruit already forming... could I cut off all but the fruit bearing vines and worry about training them next year?

Answer: You can prune grapes at any time, providing you don't mind losing the fruit. Once the sap begins to flow your grapevines will weep for weeks after pruning, but it shouldn't be cause for alarm and it won't hurt the plant. I'd go ahead and prune now, with the idea that some of the bearing vines will have to come out, too. If your grapevines need a complete overhaul, you can wait until the dormant season to really cut them back.

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