Year one

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A fter plant­ing your vine, it should be cut back in De­cem­ber to some nice fat buds. In spring, when new shoots grow, tie them up ver­ti­cally to a sup­port. This up­right growth will en­cour­age vigour. If sideshoots grow from these main shoots, pinch these out after one leaf. When shoots are ver­ti­cal they’ll grow strongly but this sup­presses the for­ma­tion of growth buds along the base of the stem. So, in the next win­ter of this first year pull these shoots down to near hor­i­zon­tal, trim off the end if nec­es­sary, and tie them to en­cour­age sideshoots all along the rod.

Cut to healthy buds in De­cem­ber

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