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Name: cindie lowden
smithville texas (Zone 8a)
Smithvillecats
Feb 2, 2016 9:42 AM CST
My husband and iwant to save our mustang grapes. We have rescued our tree and will try and trane vines on a fence but we are wondering how to cut these back for fruit in a few months? We have no clue and have left alot of wood so any advice on how to help them thrive (just not on the tree) is appreciated. Do these look ok?

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 2, 2016 1:03 PM CST
If the grape was in the tree, chances are it isn't getting enough sun on the ground. That's the first problem to solve - full sun without competition or it will be right back up that tree.

Find where the grape vine is rooted, pick a main trunk and cut it back to the height of the fence. Then choose lateral branches that come off both sides of that main trunk and line up with the fence boards. Cut everything else off. Then cut your chosen laterals back to 3 or 4 buds and secure them to the fence boards. As the buds grow, you will have to keep securing them to the fence boards. Next winter, to encourage fruit production, cut it back the same way and cut everything else off. To cover the fence, let your chosen laterals grow and cut everything else off. Prune the braches off the laterals back to just one or two buds.

Daisy
Name: cindie lowden
smithville texas (Zone 8a)
Smithvillecats
Feb 2, 2016 8:34 PM CST
Thank you so much Daisy! Thats an amazing response. I appreciate your time and help for us.
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Feb 2, 2016 8:57 PM CST
You are way welcome. Have fun with your grape. Some are really good and the grapes get bigger with proper care. But some are just bad. Crying Hopefully your's are the good ones.

We had a lot of wild grapes in the Central Valley of California. They were sweet but really really tiny. Pruning and care improve them greatly.

Daisy

PS: Welcome to All Things Plants. I am relatively new but really like all the people I've met.

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