PRUNING CLASSES 2018 

 

 We will annonce ouf Spring 2018 pruning classes in early March 2018. 

 

Learn how to prune your grapevines so they produce a good crop of ripe grapes, perfect for wine, eating, or juice.  Bring your questions so you can get answers to your most pressing problems.

 

Where:          Mitchell Vineyard                     When: Saturday April ? 2018

                      4252 Sunnyridge Rd 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM    Rain, sun or SNOW! 

                      Oregon, WI                                 Fee: $25      each individual 

 

                                                                                   

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Where:          Mitchell Vineyard                   When: Sunday, April ? 2018

                      4252 Sunnyridge Rd 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    Rain, sun or SNOW!

                      Oregon, WI                               Fee: $25      each individual

 

                                                $40 for both classes

 
 
The class will focus on the pruning of vines, including new vines, 1, 2 year and older vines. We will discuss different pruning techniques emphasizing balanced pruning, trellis systems for different vines, and later season cultural practices.
 
Because of our early spring, again, it will be especially important to double-prune this season. This technique leaves extra buds on your vines in case a late spring frost decides to do some pruning itself. With some luck the weather will cool down to retard bud emergence.
 
Note - Because of the warm weather locally in February 2017 many fruit growers in the Midwest are worried about frost on developing fruit buds.  It is possible to do several things about this. Double pruning may help. Also applying Amigo, a vegetable oil, as a 10% solution in  water may retard bud development in grapes a matter of days. It must be applied early in the year when the buds are still tight, and not swollen at all. There is info on the web about Amigo. Also, a few vines may be covered with plastic the night of the frost, as is commonly done with early planted tomato plants.  Good luck with your grapevines this season.
 
We will discuss when to prune, double pruning, determining the number of buds and canes to leave, what to look for and what to avoid, and the varieties you might want to plant.  We will also discuss basic problems you will encounter and what to do about them. 
 
We will look at Concord, Foch, Millot, LaCrescent, Marquette and Petite Pearl vines. 
 
To register for the class you can call Dave at 608-225-9210, or leave a message. The 2 classes can be quite different depending on the varieties we work with, and the course of the questions encountered. If undecided you can take the 1st class and decide then whether to take the second.
  
Attendees will do hands-on pruning, with a walk around the vineyard to see how different vines need different pruning techniques. Bring your own pruning shears if you have them.

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