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    Hi all
    So, my vine is in its third year and is producing grapes!! There are lots of bunches and my question is should i remove some or leave them all on the vine and do i now need to feed it and if so what with?
    thanks all xxx
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    Good questions, I'd like to know the answers too, mines at the same stage

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    Hi
    Heres something I read from a different forum :

    "Don't neglect pruning grapes when growing them in your backyard

    Perhaps the biggest mistake I see with home gardeners growing grapes in their backyard is neglecting pruning the vines each year. This is a must! Without pruning the grapevine becomes an overgrown tangled mess. The grapevines overbear and the berries don't ripen properly. Disease sets in as the vine is over shaded and doesn't recieve drying winds. The vines will weaken over time and eventually die before their time."

    Credits to orig poster.

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    I found this, though I think it's too late to be useful

    Looking After a Grape Vine

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    Oooooh, thanks for the link Zenithtb - I've been there!

    That reminds me, I need to prune my Dad's, as he never does, and last summer you couldn't get in the greenhouse for grapes and Wasps, and you couldn't close the door or roof vents as it was so rampant!
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    lol!

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    I have a vine in its 3rd year and its producing fruit. I have trained it so that it has 4 canes that run across my pergola. I have a pic i took about a week ago. It did produce about 10 bunches last year and they were edible. It is a Boscop Glory red, wine and dessert i think.

    I will look get the pic.

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    3 years old and fruiting. I cut it back last year to about 30 bud sites on each cane. This left it half the way along the width of the pergola.

    This year each of those bud sites grew upwards at right angles to the canes/cordons(last years new stems) and have all got grapes growing from them. Are these called the laterals?
    These 'laterals' have continued to grow in height, about 1ft. I have pinched out the top of all of these to stop them. I have tried to read up on what to do but i just dont get it lol. I dont know if i have done the right thing

    I want the vine to reach all the was across the pergola so how do i achieve that if you are meant to keep cutting it back?. This is probably not going to be right but i have tied the 'lateral' nearest the pruned end of the wine on the wire so it will grow and make the vine longer. I havnt pinched out the tip of this one. I have only just done this, is it wrong?

    I hope someone can advise me on what to do as i havnt a clue lol, thanks in advance.

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