- Jun 29, 2013
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Welcome! [From North Central PA]
I knew there was more to pruning than what I was told. It sounded way too simple.. Thanks for the info!Pruning is not as simple as 6 out and 3 up. The first year is back to two buds, the second year you train the trunk, third year you decide if you are spur or cane pruning or a combination. The variety determines the best pruning method and each vine is an individual. Proper pruning is crucial for grape production. Take some classes through a program or through the Maryland vineyard association. There is a LOT to learn and growing is a full time job.
This is true, a struggling vine will put its efforts into producing fruit rather than foliage. But in the first years planting you are not trying to produce fruit, you are trying to establish the vine. A first years planting needs one inch of rain per week.The truth is when growing grapes you want less vigor. The vines need to struggle. Lush foliage does not result in grapes. At least I hope that is right.
I'll be happy to share what I have learned.Thanks for the offer on soil sampling, but for now, I just need knowledge and hands on work (training)
Here ya go... I'm thinking about attending...Ok. I just signed up for a 2 year membership to Maryland Grape Growers Association, in the hopes that I might be able to attend their annual meeting, which supposedly has workshops for new growers. Well, I can't find any information on when they have these workshops and the info on their annual meeting looks more like it's for commercial growers. I guess I need to keep digging to get more info.
Thank you!! I'll definitely take you up on that offer. Just let me know when you plan on doing something and need some company, and if I'm not working, I'll come up.It's both new growers and commercial growers.
I'm not sure if it will be geared to what you really need to learn for starters. But like I said before I'm willing to show you what I learned.
Will do. Hoping to order a few plants this year and if I do I'll get you to give me a hand planting.Thank you!! I'll definitely take you up on that offer. Just let me know when you plan on doing something and need some company, and if I'm not working, I'll come up.