Grapes in the home garden

For those of you growing grapes at home - What is your setup? What are your pruning methods?

I’m torn between setting grapes up on an arbor/pergola or as a screen/fence-type trellis.

I have grown both ways, I always cane prune after establishment. Prune back this years fruiting wood and leave the new canes that grew in summer to fruit next year.

Above the pergola/ arbor is more beautiful in my opinion but also harder to manage due to having to get on a :ladder:.



I have had this seedless concord around 15 years.

In the spring when new green growth first starts… i prune all those branches so there is just a stub left with 2 buds.

You have 2 shoots that run out off each spur and you let each shoot set 2 clusters of grapes… and rub any excess off.

The shoots will grow up towards the sun… and i have a simple rope trellis up there for them to latch on to. Then the branches shade the fruit well.

When fruit sets and the clusters start filling in… i prune the canopy… so that morning sun gets to the grape clusters… but they get shade midday and evening.

Summer pic. below.

And a very pretty apple (my early mcintosh).


I’ve got two table grape varieties. One white. one purple, both delicious. I’ve had them over 30 years on a 8 foot tall trellis. Some year harvests are small and others give many large bowls of each. I prune in January or February. I discovered there are preferable ways to prune table vs wine grapes and have noticed improved harvests when leaving a bit more old vine with buds. I used to prune too heavy. Lots of good pruning info on the internet with images. I’m definitely not in a grape growing area on the PNW coast but lots of grape growing not far away.


I start growing them again with my pergola, I used to have them around the fence.

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This book you can check out most likely in your library has the best guidance I have seen on growing grapes, covers all topics related
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From Vines to WinesFrom Vines to Wines

the Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine

Cox, Jeff, 1940-

Im doing mine like @clarkinks does his. On a wire fence

These are his pics


I would’ve never thought to use this type of fencing - I suppose with regular pruning the vines aren’t too hard on it?

It varies greatly by climate. My methods here in usda 10 would probably kill your vines.

I have a lot to learn about grapes, then! :sweat_smile: Guess I had better assign myself some winter reading…

I have ‘Vanessa’ coming in the spring.