My backyard table grapevine

Asked April 10, 2020, 2:44 PM EDT

Hi we have neglected to prune our backyard grapevine for 2 or 3 years and now it has very long shoots that are going up into the pear tree nearby. I’ve pulled them all down. My husband wants me to just cut them off. I love the delicious thin skinned seedless green grapes the vine produces so so I really don’t want to chop the long vines off. Can you help me figure out how to manage this vine and get a bountiful harvest of grapes this year? It has not leafed out yet but has plenty of buds. Thanks in advance!

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Grapes need to be pruned each year to about 50 or so buds, usually on two arms. Reducing the number of buds will make fewer clusters of larger grapes on your vine. You can still get grapes off your vine just selectively remove entire vines and then cut a few of the vines back to get your 50 or so buds. Here are two links to grape pruning and culture for you to use in the future.

https://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/dont-be-timid-when-pruning-grapes

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1639/html