Today opened from 09:00 until 17:30

Your independent Plant Centre
for all the Family

  • Come and choose from our delicious breads and cakes this Christmas

  • We've fresh trees from 25th November, decorations and gifts in our dazzling Christmas Marquee

  • Enjoy a piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate on our heated Cafe´Terrace

  • The finest local ingredients for your Christmas dinner from our newly extended Farm Shop

  • We have a fantastic choice of gifts for all ages in our Christmas Marquee

    Train grapevines as they grow

    Train grapevines as they grow

    Train grapevines as they grow to keep them from taking over your greenhouse or house wall, and to make sure they stay productive and healthy. It’s a little late in the season to be planting a new grapevine now, but if you’ve missed out, make a note to pop into the garden centre here in Poynings and select a vine to plant this autumn. You can choose from dessert or wine varieties, red or white: feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff for advice on the best variety for you.

    Train Grapevines

    On younger, recently-planted vines, select strong horizontal branches and train them onto support wires so that they can mature and thicken into the main support stems. These will carry the fruiting sideshoots from next year onwards.

    On established plants, pinch back shoots to three or four leaves from the main framework stems. Leave one sideshoot to develop fully every 30-40cm along each rod. Continue to train the strongest growth along the supports, and tie it in every 20-30cm. Make sure there’s plenty of air flow between shoots, as grapevines are prone to mildew if allowed to become overcrowded. Soon you’ll start to see fruits form and you can look forward to your sweet, juicy harvest from late summer onwards.