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    Biffo17 is offline Germinator
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    hi all , 1st post ,be gentle

    ive a vine outside (3 years this year)

    its growing up a trellis then onto a grid ,its now about 6 feet tall ( thats the main stem)
    had loads of growth last year ,nice shade.

    this year i pruned the main stem back to 5 buds,ive about 3feet of nice growth ,but as yet no flowers forming ??

    im in central england,should i have something on this by now ??

    thanks for any replies

    ( dont know the name of the vine )

    thanks

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    Flowers appear on the first new growth in Spring/early Summer. When did you prune it? A vine should be pruned back hard if desired in the depth of Winter, most people seem to do this around Jan/Feb time, well before any signs of the buds swelling. If this is what you did and there are no flowers by now, I don;t think you will get any this late in the day I'm afraid.

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    I've inherited a large grapevine when we moved house and it's now way past the flower stage and well onto forming the grapes so if you've no flowers yet, I imagine you won't get any this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by busylizzie View Post
    I've inherited a large grapevine when we moved house and it's now way past the flower stage and well onto forming the grapes so if you've no flowers yet, I imagine you won't get any this year.

    hi ,it was pruned in the dead of winter ,very hard

    i have 3 vines in 4,3,3, years old

    none have produced any flowers ,confused

    ive apples,peaches,blueberrys,kiwi, and banana plants ,all doing well

    just cannot get these to produce ????

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    Perhaps you've pruned it back a little too hard. Vines will happily take hard pruning, but the flowering/fruiting comes from the buds of the previous year's growth.

    How I do it is to cut back all the Summer growth except for two good size vines, which are then pruned back to around 10 buds each (this is known as Double Guyot training). It's these 20 buds from the previous Summer's growth which contain the embryonic fruit for this year. In the Spring they will break and put out growth, the early part of which will have the flowers, and hence the grapes.

    If you pruned back to the permanent stock, you may have removed all the potentail fruiting buds from the previous Summers growth, and therefore no flowers. This Winter, hard prune, but don't remove all this year's growth.

    Hope this help, Mark

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    i think i may have done that

    i pruned the vine back to the main stem /Permanent stock ??

    the stock gows vertical to about 6feet then bends at 90 degrees about 4 feet .I cut all the previous growth back to the horizontal length


    thanks for all replies


    ill buy some grapes from local store and tie them on lol

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    I keep reading grapevine advice but I'm too fick to understand it all properly. Ours is about 12 ft and very leafy, but can't see any fruit appearing at all. Must have pruned rubbishly last year. Oh well! We'll be eating dolmades all summer anyway so not a total washout I guess!

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    p.s. last years grapes were wonderful - muscat-y and very sweet. Have never tasted any in shops that were as nice! Ok, we only got two bunches, but they were nice...

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