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  • From: "Gordon Nofs" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] pushing buds on my grape cuttings
  • Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 13:40:50 -0400

Leaves can most always come out, but are there roots?

Gordon C. Nofs
Flint, MI.

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From: Jay Anderson <>
Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
Subject: [NAFEX] pushing buds on my grape cuttings
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 22:04:33 -0500

Whoop! Whoop! I"ve got leaves.

This is my first time at propagation grapes and i"ve had great fortune so far. Out of 81 cuttings I've lost only 2. The cuttings were taken and planted in mid March which is normally a bit late, but this year our spring has been late. They are in my garden about 6 inches apart from each other until next spring when I'll put them out in the soon to be orchard/vineyard. The only soil amendments were a sprinkling of lime and a bit of composted cow manure as a top dressing.

Where I helped prune these grapes they are planted 8 feet apart and trained double stemmed to 5 feet; then normally 2 branches coming off each stem. I'm thinking I'll do the same, but may try a single stem on some. They also prune back hard each spring for quality production. The grapes are Buchenneaurs, Stubbins and Videls. I'm spelling these based on how the elderly gentlemen pronounced them. He wasn't sure of the correct spelling either. If anyone is aware of their correct spelling I would appreciate the heads up.

Any recommendations regarding first year pruning? On some of these cuttings I have 2 to 3 buds coming and am wondering if I should limit to the lowest buds or wait to see which are strongest. And also summer pruning on first year vines? I have now idea if I should and if so how.

All in all I'm very pleased with how cooperative nature is being. I hope it is this fall with pear cuttings.

SE Kansas Zone 6
And had a second tornado watch for the season. :-P

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