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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:13 PM

a question about grapes, about plants that were cut way back

About 4 years ago I planted three grape plants in the same place. I wasn't thinking of how big they'd get, I was still new to gardening then. Well I built and rebuilt little walls of twigs and wires that just fell over, and then finally last year we built a big wood trellis for them, which is what we should have done in the beginning, but oh well.
So when we did this I had to untangle them from all the junk holding them up, so I cut them back almost to nothing. That's been almost a year ago and since then they've grown a LOT, already filling up the trellis. But there was no fruit last year, not one grape.
Did I cripple all three plants by cutting them back so much? Or were all the vines too new to make fruit? and this year they'll make grapes? Any idea?
TY

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stuntcat Feb 2013 OP
Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #1
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Curmudgeoness Feb 2013 #4
stuntcat Feb 2013 #5
Viva_La_Revolution Feb 2013 #3
stuntcat Feb 2013 #6

Response to stuntcat (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:23 PM

1. I have never grown grapes

so take this with a grain of salt. My understanding is that grapes produce fruit on one year old wood. If I am correct, you will now have the one year old wood to produce this year. I'm rooting for you!

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:32 PM

2. OK That sounds good!

This is what I'm hoping for, and if that's right then we'll have a buttload of grapes this year. I've been asking my family about this, all gardeners, but they couldn't tell me! They just said to sign onto a gardening group and ask them, but I'm not a member of one.

OK I hope you're right. The plants grew so well, I just couldn't believe I'd stop all three from making grapes. I'm glad I asked here, I think they'll be okay too.
TY!

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Response to stuntcat (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:56 PM

4. What do you mean, you aren't a member of a gardening group?

What are we here at DU's Gardening group, chopped liver????

Actually, DU has all kinds of great specialty groups. The computer group has helped me several times. And this group has so much great information.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:58 PM

5. I just forgot! :blush:

This is the gardening group I need. Next time I have a question I won't spend weeks wondering about it :p

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:57 PM

3. yes, and after 2 years you cut them off.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:00 PM

6. looks like I did the exact right thing without even knowing it

I mean the vines have grown SO much last year.
When they finally make grapes it'll be more than we can even use, we'll have to get a grape press.

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