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Goosecross: Springtime Shoot Thinning

by David on April 4, 2009

Geoff Gorsuch, our Winemaker, does show and tell on shoot thinning and suckering the vines.

Couple of terms he uses:

1. Cordon: These are, in our case, two permanent arms tied to the lowest trellis wire. The naked vine looks like a “T” formed by the trunk and these bi-lateral arms.

2. Spur: The spurs are very small protrusions in the cordon that contain the growing points (buds) for this year’s shoots. They’re hard to see, because it’s so leafy, but they’re there!

Enjoy!

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