Pruning method for Chambourcin vines?

by Jason Bonhomme
(Candelo, NSW)

Jason asks:What is the correct or preferred pruning method for young Chambourcin vines? I am working on a friends property in the Bega Valley Shire of far south New South Wales ~ These young to juvenile vines are for the most part up on the cordon wire and are producing canes of about 25 - 30 centimetres length.

I am of the mind that I shall carefully place and wrap the healthiest canes either side, with 10 buds to each arm; leaving a 2 bud + basal spur near the V of each vine. It is early days for these vines being only less than two years in the ground, so I guess my question is aimed at providing the correct pruning technique for future pruning seasons.

Thank You for any advice to this question.


Darby replies: This is certainly outside my area of expertise. Chambourcin vines are vigorous so it is probably important to get the vines well under control early on. As to the best technique to do this I suggest you as a couple of neighbours for advice. Chambourcin has been grown in the South Coast Zone for quite some years. Local advice is probably the best way forward. Good luck.

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