Grapes: the rod and spur pruning system

The rod and spur pruning system is usually used for indoor grapes in greenhouses or conservatories, and for growing grapes against walls outdoors. It is also called the cordon system.

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Grapes grown on a cordon system. Image: Simon Garbutt/RHS

Quick facts

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

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