Grape Vine help wanted please.

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  1. Tim B

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    Hello folks,

    I recently acquired a grape vine which had been growing around a tree.

    Can I train in it's present form to grow around something other than a tree or do I need to cut it back to near the surface and start again?

    Thanks all

    Tim
     

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    I'd cut it right back and start again ... be interested to hear what others think though.
     
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    Thanks Kristen, I would be interested in what other's think too.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Are you growing it for fruit or just as an ornamental?

    You cant really cut back that brown wood now, it will bleed badly.
     
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      Fruit
       
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Mmmm, think I'd plant it and try my best to attach it to a framework without damaging the stems.
      Then next winter looking to prune and shape it back to something more manageable.

      Its going to need some watering right through the summer to get it established.
       
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        Pete,

        That sounds like good advice.

        One further thought, would it find it's way around whatever I attach it to or will it just stay in the shape it's already become?

        Many thanks

        Tim
         
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        Well I'd try to unwind it a bit but don't damage the stems, they will break if you pull them around to much.
        I'd not expect too much growth from it this year due to getting the roots established, but I think you will probably end up pruning,any new growth it makes, off next winter.
         
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          As Pete says you are probably going to have to prune it next Winter, so this is a multi-year project, but if you want Fruit you are going to have to manage the plant / pruning to maximise that, so I don't reckon "training itself around something" is going to be an option :biggrin:
           
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            I have a grape vine in a pot which is starting into vigorous growth. I would like to plant it in the ground. Is it okay to cut it back before moving it? It is several years old and currently taking up space where I would like to put my Apricot Tree. Any advice on this please?
             
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            I wouldn't prune it this late, as I said earlier, it will bleed badly for quite a while..
            Plant it out by all means, but save pruning till the winter. :smile:
             
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              Thanks @pete - I'll have fun disentangling it :)
               
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