The time was right for the recommended annual pruning of grape vines. I trained my grape vines using the four arm Kniffen system. The second year's vine growth wasn't much to speak of, but last year's growth was so heavy that it would require substantial pruning in order to get the vines to the recommended condition for their fourth year of growth.
This pruning was going to be a big deal for me. I was apprehensive about it, as I had read in several articles of pruning guidance that it affects the next grape harvest significantly. After reading about fruiting canes, buds and renewal spurs, I was thoroughly perplexed. After studying the vines, I went ahead and did it as carefully as I could. Ultimately, I calculated that some pruning is better than no pruning at all and I lopped off the vines at what I perceived to be the appropriate points, taking into consideration the age of the vines. In my life, I have seen a few grape vines that have produced grapes year after year, even though the vines weren't pruned. All my reading on the subject said that the vines must be pruned back. I was hoping that however I did it would still be beneficial for the next year's harvest.
Here are some pictures of the completed pruning. If anyone has experience pruning back grape vines and sees additional growth that should be pruned back, please don't hesitate to tell me.
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