Trimming grapevine - Knowledgebase Question

Suisun, CA
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Question by debbie14x
May 27, 2005
How do I trim the grape vines, my vines are growing so fast some one told in order for the grape vine to produce fruit I must trim the vines or clip the vines. I cant prune the grapevine because it's not the right season. so do I need to just trim the ends of the vine or just wait .

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2005
Grape vines are traditionally pruned during the winter season when they are dormant. It won't hurt your plant to do a little early summer pruning if the vines are growing out of control, but pruning at this time isn't necessary to force your vines to bear fruit. In fact, pruning now may actually remove some of the flower clusters and you may end up losing fruit. If your grapevines need a complete overhaul, you can wait until the dormant season to really cut them back. Sometimes grapevines try to develop too many clusters of fruit and they all end up being small. If you'd like, you can reduce the number of clusters on your grapevines to force more energy into the remaining clusters. You'll end up with fewer clusters, but larger grapes. Hope this answers all your questions!

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