- Nov 13, 2018
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Thank you for your thorough response! I had thought it was wiser to get them off sooner, but I didn’t know if it really mattered. I’ll nick them off whenever I first see them.I will say sooner rather than later. The plant is expending energy for the grapes, rather than the vine. The sooner you eliminate them the energy can revert to vine production.
Conventional wisdom says to get them off fairly early in the growing season. TBH, I don't bother when I use grow tubes on season 1 or season 2 vines. It is too much of a hassle to move the grow tubes out of the way, and I don't want to risk snapping off shoots. My site has rich soil, so I usually see a lot of vigor. I don't feel that a few grape clusters is going to set me back in any perceivable way, especially if I only left two buds on the vine.Some of my first year vines already have little clusters. Should I wait until it’s convenient and they’ve grown past the vine shelter, or would it be better to get them off sooner?