Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines now for More Fruit later

Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines is about trimming two muscadine grape vines in the winter before they bud out.  Grapes and Muscadines only fruit on new wood, so you need to trim them regularly to keep the vines fruiting at maximum potential.


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Time to Trim

The time to trim muscadine or regular grape vines is in the winter before they have leafed out.  The best time is before the buds swell up too much.  You definitely want to make sure you wait until all of the leaves have fallen and the sugars and sap have moved down to the root system.

Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines - before

Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines – before

Leave a leader

You will want to leave a primary leader and trim off any suckers, smaller branches and any branches that are sickly, diseased, or damaged.  I’m calling the primary leader the main branch that comes out of the ground and goes up on your support system.

Trim the Internodes

The lateral shoots off of the primary leader should be trimmed so you do not have any that are closer than five inches on the primary leader.  Then trim these lateral shoots so you have about two or three internodes on each.  A node are the branches, buds, tendrils, or leaves on a branch.  An internode is the space in between the nodes.

Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines - after

Pruning Muscadine Grape Vines – after

Trim Yearly

If you trim yearly, you will not have as big a mess as I had.  You will do this same trimming each year and it will be much more manageable.  In the video below, I had only done minimal trimming and this was the first major trimming on the vines.


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