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Pruning concord grape vine?

Concord grape vine


I have a two year old Concord grapevine that I have growing on an arbor. Last year, I read conflicting information on pruning (one source said to prune it and the other saying not to prune its first year). Since I wasn’t sure what to do, I didn’t prune it at all. It surprisingly yielded two grapes this past summer— I wasn’t expecting anything at all.

Now that it is two years old, I know enough that it needs to be pruned while it is dormant. However, this weather (warm and cold) confuses me, unsure if it would confuse my plants as well. When do you recommend I prune it?

Also, how should I prune it? Attached is a picture of my unruly grapevine.

Thank you in advance for your advice. - Displaced Clevelander -


  1. 1 year, 2 months ago

    Grapes are best pruned in late winter before growth begins so I would wait a few more weeks. As for how - good question? You indicate it will be growing on an arbor. I am guessing you want the vine to cover the arbor? In that case you would not prune that much. When grapes are grown for fruit production they are pruned heavy each year to control the size of the vine and promote good sunlight penetration. If you pruned your grape in this manner your vine would never cover the arbor.

    So ask yourself are you growing a grape for fruit production or as an ornamental to cover the arbor? The pruning styles of these two options are in conflict.

    So the ball is in your court - Dennis

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