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    Hi guys, am currently at my parents' house. They have a vine in wooden tub shaped like half a small wine barrel. They've had it for years and it is sprawling all over the place now. They haven't ever pruned it significantly, just the odd bits to stop it invading the neighbours' garden.

    But... the barrel has split apart.

    Ideally, I would choose to prune it right back and then stick it in the ground.

    Any views or advice anyone?

    I've only ever seen vines grown for wine grapes and I know they are pruned right back. I don't want to give the plant an almighty shock by pruning very short and moving to a new location, but it can't stay as it is. I know it's alive as buds are forming.

    The grape harvest is less of a concern than the vine itself. Mum and Dad hardly eat any of the grapes, just leave them for the birds. In case it's relevant information, it has been enormously productive in past years.
    Spain is a big country: where I live, we get frosts, floods and snow, as well as raging heat.

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    It is the one time I wouldn't personally be a wuss and I would cut right back the same as you. You do need to act quick though before it wakes up much more. If you are (or parents) really worried then reduce by a third as the is the safe option rule for most plants.
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    I've had some rampant grape vines (sorry NG) and cut them back hoping to kill them It didn't work! They're toughies.
    An alternative approach to pruning - If your parents like it where it is, can you remove the broken barrel and build a raised bed around the rootball?
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    Like NG and VC say - you really can hack it back. I prune one for a friend - it's growing over a sunshadey thing and you wouldn't believe how much I take off - it looks dead when I've done it but always comes back.

    Is the barrel on a patio/hardstanding? I've seen them break out of pots and force roots through concrete so check that first.......
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    I pruned mine right back a few weeks ago,I'd prune it now,it could bleed sap although I haven't ever had dripping sap from mine,it could happen? If it does,check it's not dripping on any new buds but I don't know much about it,I was reading someone had sap dripping for two days? Grapes grow on new wood so you could still have a few bunches,it will be much better off in the ground too.
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    I wouldn't cut it at this time of year as the sap is rising fast and it could bleed to death. The raised bed sounds like a good idea as it will have probably rooted into the ground. Just keep it under control for this year and in the depths of next winter then you can cut it as hard as you like, down to a stump and it will come back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jane View Post
    I pruned mine right back a few weeks ago,I'd prune it now,it could bleed sap although I haven't ever had dripping sap from mine,it could happen? If it does,check it's not dripping on any new buds but I don't know much about it,I was reading someone had sap dripping for two days? Grapes grow on new wood so you could still have a few bunches,it will be much better off in the ground too.
    If it was on here there is a good chance that was me. A few years ago there where high winds around mid summer. The vine was top heavy and congested and the previous owner had rigged up a precarious trellis thing for it so the whole lot came down. No choice but to bite the bullet and cut through the two inch trunk and it was a 'waterfall' (that is not an understatement) for two days. Scarey as hell and was certain it wouldn't be back the next year.........but she is still going.
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    Thanks, guys. The tub is on paving stones, so I'll have to make sure it hasn't rooted between the gaps. That's a good point. A raised bed isn't feasible, I'm afraid, but it's a nice idea.

    It really is a sprawling thing. I reckon there will be about 30% left. But seeing as it's likely to do very badly in it's current state, there's not much to lose. So chop and move it is.

    Thanks for all the advice and info on previous experience.
    Spain is a big country: where I live, we get frosts, floods and snow, as well as raging heat.

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