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  • Pruning Vines at Rosemoor by Garry Preston

    sheiladearing on 12 Jul 2012 at 01:59 PM

    We grow our grapes at two locations at Rosemoor; on metal arches in the potager and trained on wires on the wall in the main veg. garden. They have been chosen for their disease resistance and suitability for the south-west climate.  The cultivars that have done well despite our wet summers are Vitis 'Triomphe d'Alsace' and V. 'Boskoop Glory' AGM in the potager; V. 'Phönix' and V. 'Kempsey Black' in the veg.  garden. These are dual purpose cultivars - both wine and dessert types.

    There are a number of different methods for training grapes but the simplest and the one we use at Rosemoor is variations on the single and double cordon.  This entails creating a single or double stem as a permanent framework and only pruning the annual growth back to 2 leaves beyond the flowers or to 5 leaves if no flowers are present. In the winter these shoots are pruned back to one bud and then the cycle starts all over again the following year.