The Q&A Archives: Growing Grapes

Question: I purchased a seedless grape collection from you in March
of 2000.I am already seeing tiny bunches of grapes forming and to be honest I'm quite suprised. Someone told me not to let the grapevine bare fruit the first year, and that I should cut the grapes off before they develop. Is this true? The vines have only been in the ground for 3 months,also should I do any prunning now?

Thanks for your help!!!!!!!!

Answer: Most people complain about having trouble getting their grapes to bear, so this is an unusual question. Normally, the first year or two are spent establishing the vine and creating a good framework for carrying future yields. You might want to remove the clusters to allow the plant to devote its energy to the root system and developing a trunk rather than maturing the grapes. At this point I would hold off on any pruning until late next winter when it should be pruned back hard to just a few buds.

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