cutting back grape vines

Asked February 17, 2020, 4:49 PM EST

I cut my grape vines back and I think I might have cut them too far back. I left the major vines but cut all the little vines off because I had powdery mold last summer. Will they grow back?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Grapes are vigorous plants. The recommendation usually, is to remove 90% of last year's growth each year to maintain vigor. Your grape plant is probably just fine. Grape fruit clusters are produced on current year growth from buds on one-year old canes (last year's growth). You can train grape vines to a wire support, as is usually done with wine grapes. You can also train the grape up an arbor or as a fountain-like head. . The main goal of pruning is to develop a well-established root system to suppport the plant's growth. We tend to get distracted by the above-ground growth. This article from OSU gives good basic information and pictures of pruning grapes, Grape Pruning Basics https://extension.oregonstate.edu/crop-production/berries/grape-pruning-basics This article, also from OSU has excellent information on pruning and all other aspects of growing grapes, Growing Table Grapes https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1639.pdf