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GrapeEater

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I posted some pictures a couple weeks ago of my 2 grape plants that apparently had the leaves frozen off... even though I covered them. I live in Michigan. One plant the concord has sprouted a new little shoot/leaf the Niagara still has no new growth. I am pretty sure the Niagara is still alive because it still has some green on the branches. I have attached some pictures. My question is now that the Concord has new growth should I prune back all the dead branches or just do nothing?

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FL Steve

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I think I would just leave them alone and see what happens, I think they will surprise you.
 

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Go ahead and prune back until you see some green in the cane. A nice blast of miracle grow and a good watering makes plants wake up.
 

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Yes prune back, no need to leave the dead stuff
 

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Ok thanks for the information. I will trim back a little bit of the branches until I hit green.
 

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On the Concord, I would prune back to just above the green growth. That will form a nice strong shoot for future trunk. Leave the Niagara alone until you see if it grows (you could clip it back to green ).
 

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I have not had good luck with grapes in the past. Last year I bought bare root grapes and they both sprouted leafs but soon after they turned brown and fell off.... this year I bought nice big healthy plants.. then the leaves freeze off and now I am back to square one.... one of these days I will fill my arbor with grape vines!!!
 

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I also amended the soil as much as possible. I dug giant holes and added a lot of sand (I have heavy clay soil) and I also added in a little compost. The soil was nice and fluffy and water drained through very nicely. Last year I just dug a hole and threw them in... which is why I am not surprised I failed miserably last year. I also fertilized lightly with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. My arbor is in full sun and we get a nice breeze most days to keep the plants aired out.

Any other advice for a newbie like me? I live in West Michigan.
 

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