How to Prune an Espaliered Grape Vine
Grape vines are pruned in winter and there are 2 types of pruning – Cane pruning or Spur pruning.
Cane pruning is commonly used by commercial vineyards and Spur pruning is done on vines that retain canes espaliered along with a trellis system such as the one above.
Each winter, new canes that have grown along the permanent lateral canes are cut back to a small shoot containing two buds, known as a spur. In spring new growth develops from the buds on the spur.
Cut the cane about 1 cm above the Bud sloping away from the bud as shown in the picture above.
Espalar plant ties are perfect for attaching canes to your wire trellis and are re-usable.
Feed with general garden fertiliser in early spring and once again in the growing season whilst the vines are young. Keep the fertilizer away from the trunk and water well.
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