Sum­mer of year two

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As these new shoots grow, in sum­mer two they should be pruned to four or five leaves be­fore they get too strag­gly. If sideshoots grow on the sideshoots, pinch them back to one or two leaves. The aim is to con­trol growth while al­low­ing the plant enough fo­liage to feed it. In the win­ter of year two you’re ready to pre­pare the vine for crop­ping. Hav­ing pro­moted these sideshoots all along the rods you can now train the rods up a wall or green­house or keep them hor­i­zon­tal. The shape doesn’t mat­ter – you can have a sin­gle line of rods or cre­ate a shape like an es­palier. Or your rods can be along the top of a per­gola if you have some steps to hand for prun­ing.

Give vines a sum­mer prune

Keep vines in check while leav­ing some leaves be

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