Car­ing for grapevines

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1Grapes are ram­pant plants, so you’re likely look­ing at a tan­gle of leaves and stems come early sum­mer. Make sense of them by trac­ing them back to see if they sup­port a de­cent bunch of grapes – cut two leaves past the bunch of any that do. Weak shoots can be rubbed out.

2 Non-fruit­ing, strong shoots can be left in place if you have the room, oth­er­wise th­ese, too, can be cut out. If you’re train­ing a young vine now is also the time to tie in any shoots that you want as a per­ma­nent frame­work. Foam-coated wire is ideal as it’s strong yet soft.

3 Your grape will now pump all its nu­tri­ents into the de­vel­op­ing bunches. As they swell, thin them out to one per 61cm (2ft) of stem. On indoor vines keep your eyes peeled for scale in­sect and red spi­der mites, and keep vines well wa­tered and ven­ti­lated.

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