Asked on Aug 8, 2012

Grape vine out of control. Can anyone recommend how & when to start pruning & hopefully getting it on a support

RayHartTeresa CWalter Reeves


This grape vine is located very close to Charlotte NC. It appears to be a scuppernong grape vine.
#1 grape vine pic
#2 grape vine pic
4 answers
  • 3po3
    on Aug 8, 2012

    All I know is that my late grandmother would have been happy to take all those leaves off your hands. She was a fantastic Armenian cook, and could pick, then stuff, grape leaves for days on end. I have tried to grow grapevines, and can't keep them alive, let alone let them get out of control, but this document is very thorough and informative: Good luck

  • Walter Reeves
    on Aug 8, 2012

    You can do the best pruning in January, when leaves are off. You need two posts 10' on either side of the plant, between which a strong steel cable is stretched to support two main "arms" that you'll identify in pruning. I have pictures here

  • Teresa C
    on Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks everyone!

  • RayHart
    on May 16, 2016

    Cut that thing all the way to the ground (to about 1 foot above ground) and wait for new shoots. Just retain 2 of the new shoots and train them like you see done in vineyards.

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