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Springtime in the Vineyard

January through March is the season to prune your vines. Pruning is a critical piece of grape production. It provides the way to maintain the training system, allows one to select the fruiting wood, and to manipulate the potential quantity of fruit produced. After a young vine has been trained and all of the “permanent” vine structures are developed, annual pruning should be done during the dormant season (dormant pruning) to remove the previous year’s fruiting canes or spurs (now two years old) and excess one-year-old canes.

Because of the way grapevines grow and produce fruit, growers must prune annually. Fruit is only produced on shoots growing from one-year-old canes. Therefore, healthy new canes must be produced every year to maintain annual production of fruit.

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