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Grape Vine pruning

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amanda starts with ...
Hi All - I pruned my grapevine yesterday and must have left it too late - it was weeping/bleeding copiously from the cuts and is still dripping today .... will it stop? Should I water it to replace lost fluid or just leave it alone? thanks for any advice....
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amanda19
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5th August 2009 1:27pm
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Cynthia says...
Hi Amanda

If the vine is dormant, the sap should not be running. Anyway, my book on pruning advises to cauterize the bleeding cut with a red-hot poker. This is the traditional remedy but unless you have a fireplace or fuel stove, I don't know how you can get a red-hot poker. Maybe improvise something else. It will eventually stop, don't water it.
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5th August 2009 6:28pm
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tecko says...
Hi Amanda,
I pruned my grapevines on Sunday (1st Aug), and they ( a couple of my vines) are also dripping still today (5 Aug). I read that they will drip for some time (up to a week or even longer) but they are harmless. Leave them alone - it is normal. The wounds should heal by spring. I'm hoping that what I read is right. Good luck.
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kert says...
August is too late . Must do in mid July
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Julie says...
Sometimes that depends on the type of grape - whether it is late or early.You can often get away with late pruning if it is a later type.

But I agree, you should really do it by July if you can.
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amanda says...
Thanks Guys...I was a bit busy and thus late this year...but I was more concerned that the vine was losing all it's stored goodies for bud burst.

I might give it a weak seaweed feed and water when they emerge.
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6th August 2009 3:45pm
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Aaron says...
Hi Guys,

Hope that you guys can help. I have 2 vines (sultana & red flame) that was planted in 2009 winter.

Do I still need to water it during autumn and when do I stop?

Thanks!
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Brad says...
I'd stop and only top up if we have another lengthy dry spell and it looks like it needs it. grapes don't need a lot of water once established, but you won't get that hardiness if it grows up with permanent water around the rootball. this is pretty broad advice, there are other factors (soil, aspect, overall health)
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Aaron says...
Thanks Brad! Appreciate it.
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Ady says...
sometimes in frost prone areas it is advisable to prune vines late, causing later bud burst thus missing the frost period (with some luck)
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