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Pruning for the first time - could use some pointers.

 
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Hello all!

I'm getting ready to prune down some grapes on a trellis here at the home ibought a few years ago. they have never been pruned by me, and the old timer here before us died leaving the house vacant - 7+ years of pure wild growth.

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roots/base of first of two plants.

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middle of first of two plants

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and the mass on top.

Currently i'm thinking i'm going to cut all but one main verticle, and see if there's viable branches that can be trained to the trellising that is there. is that correct?

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second plant, root/base

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middle of second (you can see a branch that was trained to one of the trellis wires)

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and the top disaster


To hedge my bet (pun intended) i'm working on cloning as well !

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Any, and i do mean any, comments advice ideas thoughts or random tidbits will be appreciated as i move forward with this project.
 
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Where abouts are you located? Last year in my part of Indiana it got down to -17F and that wiped out many of the smaller vines sections. I was nice in that I didn't have to prune . If you're also in an iffy area, then you might want to wait until the buds start to swell so that you know the vines you are leaving are alive.
 
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