Grapes: the Guyot pruning system

The Guyot pruning system is used for grape vines grown for wine and dessert grapes outdoors. This system trains one or two fruiting arms along a main wire. It is commonly used on commercial vineyards, but is easily adapted for the home gardener.

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A grape vine pruned according to the Guyot system. Image: RHS/Tim Sandall

Quick facts

Suitable for: Outdoor grape vines
Timing: Major pruning is in early winter; training in spring and summer
Difficulty: Difficult

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