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    Default Forgot to prune grapevine!

    I bought a grapevine last year to plant in my new garden. As i havent prepared the garden yet i kept it in a pot to plant out this spring. Once the leaves dropped in autumn i put the grape in the shed to protect from any harsh weather over the winter while it was still an option. However, i completely forgot about it till this weekend when i went in my shed!

    The ‘Vanessa’ vine still has the 3 skinny legs of growth from last year and lots of buds. I was planning on cutting off 2 legs and trimming back to 3 buds. I understand if i do this now it could bleed as the sap is rising? Just wondering what my best course of action is? I can think of 3 options (open to others).

    1. Prune asap and risk it.
    2. Leave it till summer then prune.
    3. Let it grow all year then hard prune back next winter.

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    If it was mine I'd leave it alone for now and prune it next time its dormant.

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    Can i prune the last 2 years of growth off next winter or this years?
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    You can cut it where you like - the main thing with pruning is what shape you are intending to end up with in a few years time - having a "permanent rod" system is a popular option for vines - plenty of info out there if you google it.

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    Do you always have to leave visable buds when cut back or will it always recover as long as ur above the rootstock?

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    Take a look at this guys videos, he is in Oz ( and no longer with us so he wont reply to any comments)
    but same principle applies.
    he goes through all the stages.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/carobnjak1957/videos

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    Try cutting now,it’s not spring yet,try one cut & see what happens it’ll probably be fine. Better to prune than not to prune with grapevines,they really appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben1030 View Post
    Do you always have to leave visable buds when cut back or will it always recover as long as ur above the rootstock?
    I wouldn't want ever to prune any nearer than two buds above a graft line - vines will only grow from buds, and if you leave only one pair and something goes wrong, then you've lost it.

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