Homeowner's Guide to Pruning Backyard Grapevines
It's winter time again and all around the county, pruning crews are busy lopping off old wood and selecting fruiting wood for next season's crop. You can manicure your backyard vines in the same fashion with a few helpful tips. There are many reasons to prune vines including maintenance of vine form, improvement of fruit quality and bud fruitfulness, shoot number reduction and concentration of growth into the remaining buds left after pruning. Pruning is quite easy, but requires a little creativity and patience.
There are two ways to prune grapevines during the winter, spur-pruning and cane-pruning. Spur-pruning is the most common and easier of the two. Spur-pruning generally occurs on vines that have been cordon-trained. A cordon-trained vine looks like "T", where the
Bilateral cordon, spur-pruning