Planting Grape Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Steubenville, OH
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Question by PMCCOY8
March 20, 1998
Is it necessary to plant grapes on a east-west line for better production, and to plant them on two strands of wires between poles instead of the overhead traditional way?

Answer from NGA
March 20, 1998
It's not critical to plant grapes on an east-west line. More important is location: protected from north and west winds and in heat pockets that trap the south and east sunlight. The two-wire Kniffin training system allows for better fruit productionthan an overhead arbor, and the pruning is easier. This system also takes up less space. If you have the room, why not grow some vines on an arbor for beauty and some on wires for the fruit!

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