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October 2006
Choosing a Trellis System
While numerous training and pruning systems exist, three basic canopy structures serve as a starting point in deciding on the best trellis system for your vines.
by Mark Greenspan
Vineyards are not natural systems. If a grapevine had its way, it would: (a) not be grafted onto some strange rootstock of a different species mix, (b) not be grown on some shattered rock hillside nor in the middle of the desert, (c) have its fruit eaten by birds or deer rather than being shipped across the county or state to some processing plant, and (d) rather grow up the side of a tree than up a steel stake and thin wire. Trellis systems were developed to channel the grapevine's natura...
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