Cutting Back Frosted Vine Canes





Vines have been badly injured by the late frosts, especially the young

vines which were out the most. Is there anything to be done with the

injured shoots now on the vines so as to help the prospects of a crop?



If shoots are only lightly frosted they should be cut off at once as low

as you can detect injury. This may save the lower parts of the shoot,

from which a later growth can be made. Frosted parts ferment and carry

destruction downward, and therefore should be disposed of as soon as

possible. Where vines have run out considerably and badly frosted, the

best practice usually is to strip off the frozen shoots so as to get rid

of the dormant buds at the base, which often give sterile shoots. A new

break of canes from other buds is generally more productive.





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