Pa Grape Growers, When Do You Prune?
Posted 28 December 2010 - 05:42 AM
I just want to know when you PA grpae growers tend to prune your grapes, i tried pruning in Nov. at dormancy but i feel this created an early bud break, so i was thinking of a march pruning from bnow on. What do you think?
Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:13 AM
Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:16 AM
Posted 28 December 2010 - 07:18 AM
One approach is to leave 4 buds and then go back to clean them up to 2 buds in the late Winter/very early Spring. I will do this so that I can get weight off my wires so i can tweak the wires and posts a bit. I have a few wires that dropped down/sagged quite a bit due to the sheer weight of the vines and load of the grapes. I was amazed. Most are Ok though. I actually had a 12 Gauge stainless steel wire break on my Foch row. Hard to tweak all of this up by myself.
But that is my plan.
also if the buds break on the last 2 of 4 buds - you can prune and the closest 2 buds of the spur remain intact so hopefully no frost damage to the crucial bud set.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:08 AM
Good Luck. TonyR
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:52 AM
Posted 02 January 2011 - 07:09 PM
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 08:41 PM
Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:41 AM
Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:59 PM
I try to do final pruning as late as possible, usually mid April. But last year was a real SOB! Way to warm in March and April. Fought frost well into May.
Aww man, i thought that early nice weater was a blessing, but i also fought that frost too! What a pain, but i made it through!
Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:04 PM
Along Lake Erie in North East PA into NY they have been pruning since the first of Dec. I would say they probably have 10% completed already. When I asked about it they said they need to start this early to be done by spring. At the end of each row is a colored ribbon showing which worker trimmed that row.
Oh i see, ok well i guess i could start pruning now, or wait until march.. I think i may wait until march because i don't have THAT many vines to do (although i wouldn't mind) so i guess i'll wait because i can!
Posted 06 January 2011 - 05:04 AM
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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:55 AM
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