Pruning 101: Crew-Cuts

It’s that time of year again: Pruning. All year long the vines’ “hair” is allowed to grow to hippie-like length and then come late winter we treat them like they are reporting to boot camp by giving them crew-cuts. In fact, in almost all cases we are pruning up to 95% of the previous years’ growth off. At Upland we grow cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, prunes, pears, apples, juice grapes, and wine grapes. Every winter we have to prune them all but not one of those other fruits ever comes close to the wine grapes’ 95% number. Why, you ask? Two reasons: the way a vinifera (wine grape) vine grows and most importantly, quality. Continue reading