Growing Grapevines for Wreaths - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
Question by rughookin
December 10, 1999
I would like to grow concord grapes, both for their fruit and also to use the vines for making wreaths. What growing conditions do the grapes need, and when do you cut the vines for using in wreaths? I don't want to mess up my fruit by cutting the vines off at the wrong time!


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Answer from NGA
December 10, 1999

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Grapes grow best in full sun in a spot with good air circulation and well drained, slightly acid soil of at least average fertility. Since grapes develop only on the current year's growth, the vines are usually pruned back very hard in mid to late winter. This provides plenty of vine for wreath making and other projects. (The vine is also leafless at that time which is good because removing the leaves by hand is tedious.) Whether or not you use the vines for projects, do remove all prunings from the growing area to help reduce any chances of carrying over pests or diseases from one year to the next.

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