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Top Tips, Strategies and Techniques for Vineyard Pruning

With experience, vineyards have learned which pruning strategies and practices work best for their specific plants.  Even good pruning practice starts with a set of sharp and well-maintained tools to cut the canes or spurs. Cuts should be made through the next node past the last bud retained to prevent it from producing a shoot.  Pruning cuts should be at a 45-degree angle with the lower end angling away from the bud.

Top Tips, Strategies and Techniques for Vineyard Pruning

To get a general sense of the best time for pruning, check the frost-free date maps. These are available through your local extension office.

Frost-free date maps are available through your local extension office

  • Learn which pruning strategies and practices work best for specific plants
  • Keep sharp and well-maintained tools to cut the canes or spurs
  • Cuts should be made through the next node past the last bud retained to prevent it from producing a shoot
  • Pruning cuts should be at a 45-degree angle with the lower end angling away from the bud
  • To get a general sense of the best time for pruning, check the frost-free date maps
  • Frost-free date maps are available through your local extension office

Vineyard Tips To Start The Vineyard Pruning Process

Many expert pruners choose to start the process by first cutting off old fruiting wood and then removing the suckers.  As a logistical measure, it often works well to toss discarded pruning materials at the end of every other row to make it less challenging to move through the vineyard.  For those who aren’t sure how many buds to retain, over-pruning is better than under pruning.  This is especially true if a vine is a weak grower or hasn’t been thriving.

Vineyard Tips To Start The Vineyard Pruning Process

  • Start the process by first cutting off old fruiting wood and then removing the suckers
  • Make it less challenging to move through the vineyard by tossing discarded pruning materials at the end of every other row
  • For those who aren’t sure how many buds to retain, over-pruning is better than under pruning
  • Over-pruning is best if a vine is a weak grower or hasn’t been thriving

Important Vineyard Tip Regarding Vineyard Pruning and Controlling Disease

 Promptly remove any diseased wood and making cuts that are flush to the branch or trunk, or at least an inch above a bud.  Make sure to sterilize your pruning tools after each vine to reduce the spread of disease.  Sterilize by dipping blades into an isopropyl alcohol solution.

Important Vineyard Tip Regarding Vineyard Pruning and Controlling Disease

  • Promptly remove any diseased wood and making cuts that are flush to the branch or trunk, or at least an inch above a bud
  • Make sure to sterilize your pruning tools after each vine to reduce the spread of disease
  • Sterilize by dipping blades into an isopropyl alcohol solution
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