Should I prune or not?
Posted 08 May 2003 - 12:17 PM
Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:51 PM
It sounds like you have two year old vines, eh? You should be able to put a small crop on those. Sounds like table grapes eh? I don't know about table grapes, but I crop my second year old wine grapes- about eight clusters per vine. Four on each side. Assumming the cane from which your new shoots are arising from is at least as thick as the width of a pencil, it should be able to carry that fruit.
Also....If your vines grew very vigorous last year, and have a very thick trunk and tie down canes, then you could easily leave even more fruit, (12-14 clusters). This may actually be good for the vines, to help slow them down. Otherwise you will end up with a bunch of bull canes for next year. Not good.
If you are satisfied with the trunk shape, and height, then yes, disbud every thing below the fruiting wire. UNLESS----and a big unless......you are going to cane prune. In which case you will want to leave a couple of nodes/shoots just below the fruiting wire. This will help keep next years cane where it needs to be to tie down next year.
Good luck and let me know if this helps.
Posted 08 May 2003 - 05:53 PM
Posted 09 May 2003 - 06:45 AM
I was re-reading your thread and it sounds like you may not have your trunks established yet, and that your new growth is starting from the bottom. ??? However, if your flower custers are above the grow tubes, then you must have at least a partial trunk. ????
In which case things are a little different. You can still leave a couple of clusters, but the most important thing is to get your trunks established, secured to the fruiting wire, and to hopefully ensure good usable cane for next year, (small internode length, good positioning etc.)
It is difficult to give advice with out a clearer picture. And
I probly just confused you more. But, I have pruned thousands of vines, (16,000 +) I will try to help you more if you have any more questions.
Posted 13 May 2003 - 10:53 AM
Posted 13 May 2003 - 05:01 PM
If you channel the energy too much, too early, you will end up with a bull can for a trunk, which will work fine, it just presents some other challenges.
Nutshell...let them go for now and see what they look like in a month.
Or, de-lateral a couple to experiment.
Hope this helps.
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