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Climbing Fruit

Some fruit is produced on climbing plants. For most gardeners, the main fruiting climber is a grapevine. Vines are increasingly popular among home gardeners, whether you are looking to grow just a few grapes for the table or for making a couple of bottles of wine, or are intending to plant up the whole garden and turn it into a vineyard. As with other aspects of gardening, it is very easy to become hooked on growing grapes.

A plant that is not necessarily thought of as a fruit is the hop. For centuries, this has been grown on a large scale for making another beverage: beer. However, as the number of commercial hop gardens diminishes,   there is a corresponding increase in gardeners who are growing hops themselves for a spot of home-brewing. Although the detail is different, the basic principles behind the training and pruning of climbing fruit are the same as any other kind of pruning: the purpose is to maximize cropping and to keep the plants in a reasonably tidy condition, especially if they double as ornamental plants.