How to Prune Grapes Summer
Hi, I’m Tricia, a California organic gardener and today we’re going to talk about summer maintenance for your table grapes we’ve had an extremely wet season this year and my table grapes have gone bonkers I’m growing four different types of table grapes here and there’s a lot of vegetative growth making for a very dense canopy over the grape vines earlier in the spring, the shoots were thinned when they were about six to twelve inches long you should have about six to eight shoots per foot of canopy at the same time as thinning the shoots, I also cut the suckers off at the trunk.
And i’m going to continue to trim these suckers throughout the season, as necessary you see there’s not enough sunlight getting into this little fruit clusters the sunlight is what helps improve the flavor and the quality of the fruit by having so much foliage around the cluster, I’m also at risk for disease the first step is to take these long shoots and tuck them into the trellising and keep them out of the fruiting zone that helped a lot but you can see there’s still a lot of hanging vines I’m going to trim back this shoot that has no clusters on it.
If you’re going to trim back a shoot that has clusters, be sure and leave about 1517 fullsized leaves before you make your cut cut as little as possible and try to cut at the point where the leaves are half the size of the mature leaves these smaller leaves haven’t started producing food yet so the vine won’t miss them as much as it would miss these larger food producing leaves the grape vines are looking a lot better the cutting is going to stimulate the growth so you don’t want to do this too late in the season if the fruit is just beginning to ripen, it’s too late to cut.
Now that I’ve tamed the vines, it’s time to thin the fruit cluster thin when the fruit has just set and before it gets too big for goodsized table grapes leave one cluster per shoot in order to improve the size of the grapes, snip off the very bottom of the cluster I’m happy to have completed my summer maintenence on my table grape vines now I look forward to grape jam, grape jelly, grape juice, and those frozen grape treats so enjoy your grape vines and Grow Organic for Life!.
How To Grow Lots of Grape Vines for FREE
Every year I try to add as many edible plants to my garden as I can, while spending as little money as possible. Most of my gardening budget goes to buying plants. Today, I want to show you a technique that you can use to get a lot of grape vines for very little cost, if any cost at all, as long as you or one of your neighbors or friends has a existing grape vine. Really, the only three materials you’re going to need for this project are a knife, a pot with some potting soil or just compost from your yard. That what I used. And of course, you’re going to need the grape vine (for the cuttings). It’s best if you try this before.
The grape vine starts to leaf out, when it’s in the dormant state during the winter. Alright, so basically every year, you’re probably going to prune a little bit of your grape vine, just to keep it in check and make sure the shape is how you want it to be as well as keeping it growing in the direction that you want. Well, you can take these cuttingsthese trimmingsfrom your grape vine and if they’re about three nodes longsee, here’s one node right here, and here’s another node, and another nodeyou’re going to at least three nodes, if not four to five nodes. What you want to do on the end of your cutting, once you have it off the vine, is take one.
End and shave off some of the hard outer bark of the vine, like so. It’s going to expose the kind of fleshy, softer green wood that’s on the inside of this cutting. That’s going to make your vine more likely to root by exposing this tender green area. I forget the exact name of it, but your vine will want to root after taking some damage to the outer layer of bark. So once you have your bark exposedthe green fleshy inner part exposedyou’re going to take your potting soil or compost, whatever you’re using, and stick it down into the soil. the damaged part of the cutting. And just make sure it’s nice and firm in the pot. Then.
You’re going to water it. Give it a really good watering and maybe put some mulch on it to keep it moist through the season. And your grape vinethe actual vine in the groundis going to leaf out first, so if it doesn’t start to leaf out immediately, don’t panic. It’s gonna take a little bit longer for the cutting to actually leaf out because it’s a cutting. it’s not the actual plant. It has to develop a root system to feed the leaves before it can actually focus on growing into a new plant. Just be patient. So then, after a few weeks, you’ll probably notice your main grape vine leafing out already. You’re gonna see something like this. See, it’s a new little leaf growing out of the.
Node on one of the cuttings I’ve already made. And it’s gonna keep growing and develop a root system and the leaves will get bigger. And eventually, you’ll have a cutting that’s like THIS. See? It’s forming new leaves on each of the nodes. And so you just leave it in those pots, and the roots will start to form in the pot. I would recommend leaving it in for at least a whole season, about a year, before actually transplanting it to the garden, just to make sure it’s well established. If you notice that your grape vine cutting is starting to leaf out, and it’s well before your last frost date, and you anticipate frost, I would take your cutting inside, because.
While the main grape vine may be able to handle the damage from a late frost, your cutting won’t survive, because it’s so delicate and still establishing. So if you notice that, I would take the cutting inside. that’s what I’ve been doing. But other than that, once your vine establishes you’ll have another whole free grape vine to grow anywhere you please in your yard. And you can even give them away! I’ve had about a 75% success rate with this method and I didn’t spend anything. I put some compost in a pot, cut some of my vine off just from normal yeartoyear pruning, and not I have more grape vines! Well, I hope you found this short guide useful and if you did, please consider subscribing.
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