In this Instructable you will learn a simple way to prune a grape vine in the autumn. My vine needed pruning after harvesting our grapes this year so I thought I would show you how to do it at the same time.
Pruning a vine is essential for its health, as well as promoting new growth and a good crop the following year.
The first two photos show some of the amazing crop we had this year. Our vine is in an east-facing greenhouse in Cornwall, UK and it seems to like it there. The third, fourth and fifth pictures show the vine before cutting. The sixth image shows the 4.5kg of grapes I collected. We have had 3 or 4 times as many as this in the past.
The last image shows the lovely grape jelly I made this year from our grapes; have a look through my other Instructables to see how I made it. In between making grape jelly and writing Instructables I love inventing useful things. My best invention is my ZenPlugs Molded Ear Plugs. They are superb for blocking water and sound from your ears and because they are molded they are amazingly comfortable. The plugs last for years and are even antibacterial so can help to protect you against ear infections. You can get them here; https://zenplugs.com. They come bundled with a cord to stop you losing them if you use them in the sea. They are ideal for swimming as they are resistant to sea water and bacteria, preventing ear infections.
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Step 1: You Will Need
A stout pair of secateurs
Step 2: Where to Cut the Shoots
There are various ways to cut a vine depending on whether it is an outdoor or indoor vine. Mine is indoor and has one vertical trunk and two horizontal ones, one of which is shown in the photos. Cut back the new shoots to the primary horizontal trunk, as shown in the photos.
Step 3: The Main Stem
Here you can see the primary vertical stem. Mine was bound with jasmine; it smells beautiful but was stifling the vine so I cut it away.
Step 4: The Cuttings
Here you can see all the cuttings. I will leave them to wilt for a few days so they take up less room in the compost.
Step 5: The Trimmed Vine
Here you can see the trimmed vine with all the nodes clearly visible. All done!
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