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Pruning and Training Grapes

This course will provide home gardeners and small farmers with information needed to prune and train table grapes in common training systems from establishment through maturity.

Winter pruning includes descriptions and videos of spur and cane pruning. Summer pruning techniques include suckering and shoot thinning.

Pruning techniques for various training systems are described including the downward hanging canopy, upright shoot positioning, the Geneva Double Curtain, head training and an arbor. Discussion of the types of grapes grown and adaptation throughout North America will ensure students throughout the USA and Canada use appropriate techniques for their region.

What You'll Learn

In this course, narrated lectures with photos and videos will address the learning outcomes, including an understanding of:

  1. Types of grapes grown and regional adaptation
  2. The basics of plant growth and terms used
  3. Pruning principles to address why pruning is important
  4. Pruning techniques used during plant establishment
  5. Dormant pruning using spur and cane pruning methods
  6. Spring and summer pruning techniques
  7. The influence of common training methods on pruning
  8. How to prune an old, poorly-pruned vine

How this Course Works

Although there are lessons that may apply more broadly, this course is intended primarily for a North American audience. It will be especially relevant for home gardeners and small farmers.

In this self-paced online grape course, you will navigate 1.5 hours of video in several lectures.

You will have access to the course and the materials for one year after you enroll.

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Bernadine Strik
Professor of Horticulture and Extension Berry Crops Specialist

Dr. Strik has over 30 years of experience in research, teaching, and educational programs for commercial growers and home gardeners at OSU. Her research areas of focus include whole plant physiology, improving yield and quality, machine harvest efficiency, pruning, optimization of production systems, plant nutrition, and organic production systems in all berry crops. Bernadine belongs to many professional organizations and holds or has held many leadership positions. She has published over 200 scientific papers and many Extension materials and book chapters on berry crop production and physiology. Her educational and research programs are world renowned and she has received many awards for her achievements. Bernadine was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science, their highest honor, in 2007 and in 2014 she received the OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award.

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