Muscadine Pruning

On February 12, 2013, Mississippi State University Extension Service conducted a grapevine pruning workshop.  The primary focus was muscadine vines, but bunch grape pruning was also discussed.  The weather that day was rainy and cool, but we were able to get out in the vineyard between showers.  Many of the attendees had vines that they wanted to prune but just did not have a solid idea of how to go about it.  The discussion was wide-ranging and insightful.  These type of workshops are fun for both the presenters and the attendees.  We will definitely have more in the future.  Thanks to Dr. Christine Coker for hosting us at the MSU Beaumont Horticultural Unit station.

Mechanized pruning with a hedge trimmer.

Mechanized pruning with a hedge trimmer.

Discussing the vine anatomy and proper hand pruning techniques.

Discussing the vine anatomy and proper hand pruning techniques.

Dr. Stephen Stringer, USDA-ARS, shows how to layer propagate a muscadine vine.

Dr. Stephen Stringer, USDA-ARS, shows how to layer propagate a muscadine vine.

Thanks to Dr. Stephen Stringer, Research Geneticist with USDA-ARS in Poplarville, MS; Mike and Thomas at the Beaumont Station; and Scott Langlois for taking the photos.  We did have a handout with information related to the workshop.  You can download it here in pdf format: Grape Pruning Workshop Handout 2013

Hope to see you next year!

 

 

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3 responses

  1. When is the next one. We have an old orchard that has not been tended for 10-15 years except maybe a haphazard attempt or two. We appreciate any help and advice. Didn’t know about this workship. thanks,

    • Brenda:
      It will be next year around the same time. The workshop was advertised in several places, but will try to do better next year. The pdf file in the post has links to several good sources of information on muscadine pruning. If you have specific questions I would be happy to answer those too.

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