Barreca Vineyards

Barreca Vineyards

From Vine to Wine since 1986

Pruning

Pre-Pruned Vine

Pre-Pruned Vine

Pre-Pruned

Pre-Pruned

Pruned Vine

Pruned Vine

Pruned Vine

Pruned Vine

You can see why I traced the branches in these pictures. They are hard to visualize as full images.

There are several things to notice.

  1. The pole is not straight and is made of bamboo.  I have gone to using rebar lately because it does not rot off like this.  It is important to keep the vine on the straight and narrow from the start – which I did not do here.
  2. The downward canes have been trimmed off.
  3. All the canes are shorter.  I prefer the first one or two buds on a cane.  This is called “spur pruning’.  There are other methods which lay down a new cane each year.
  4. I have fanned out the canes and tied them to the cordon wire.
  5. There will be more pruning as the vine grows to insure that air and light get to the interior.  All the grape clusters will be within 3 or 4 nodes of last year’s cane on the new canes for this year.  Later on I will thin out leaves from the first two nodes.  This keeps down leaf hoppers, allows more light to hit the clusters – which hastens and heightens ripeness – and if needs be, allows better access for spraying under the leaves where leaf hoppers propagate.

 

One Response to Pruning

  1. Met you at the farmers market a couple weeks ago and appreciate the information in your catalog and on your web site! Thanks!

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