pruning grape vines - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jan023
March 24, 2010
I have a blue grape vine, I planted it last year, and the leaves have not begun to bud this year as I think it is early, but I do have some wild vines. Which ones should I prune back and when so I do it?

By the way Last fall I harvested the leaves to make stuffed grape leaves. :-)

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2010
Grapes produce fruit on new shoots that develop from old wood. You can cut back most of last year's wood, leaving at least two bud scars on each cane. This is where new fruiting wood will develop. It can take 3-4 years for a grapevine to grow mature enough to develop fruit. Best wishes with your grapevines.

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