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 This article, also from OSU has excellent information on pruning and all other aspects of growing grapes, Growing Table Grapes