Spurred Cordon Vine Pruner Advanced

Marco Simonit · 7 January 2022

Spurred Cordon Vine Pruner Advanced

Only the students already enrolled in the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER course may enroll in this course. The course consists of the on-demand video lessons dedicated to the Spurred Cordon training system and the MasterClass video tutorials by Marco Simonit. Being enrolled on the course and having obtained the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER certificate, allows you to purchase the in-person practical training sessions and the exam.

Students who successfully pass the practical exam will receive the Guyot VINE PRUNER ADVANCED certificate.

The dates and locations of the exams and practical training sessions for 2022/23 season (Northern Hemisphere) will be available in fall 2022.

With the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER ADVANCED course you will learn to manage the plants’ development starting from the first stages of growth and up to when they become established. 

You will learn to apply the principles of the SIMONIT&SIRCH Pruning Method which allow for controlled branching, with detailed focus on the three phases of a vine plant’s development:

  • Rooted cutting training and forming the trunk 
  • Setting up the horizontal cordon, monoliteral or bilateral
  • Development of the branches or tertiary structures and their management over the years

Total duration of the video materials of Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER ADVANCED course is about 4 hours. It includes 12 video lessons and 10 video tutorials “MasterClass” with Marco Simonit.

Enrolling on the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER ADVANCED Course gives you:

  • Access to 12 on-demand lessons;
  • Access to 10 video tutorials “MasterClass” by Marco Simonit: practical demonstration of winter pruning and shoot selection;
  • Access to the students’ helpdesk with the Academy tutors;
  • Option to purchase the Exam (duration of 4 hours) (
    provided you are already in possession of the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER or Guyot + Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER certificate) and earn the CERTIFICATE of the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER ADVANCED level.
  • Option to purchase, together with the exam, a practical training session with our tutors  dedicated to winter pruning (8 hours) to prepare for the exam.

 

The exam and the practical training session are only available for the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER ADVANCED students who have already earned the Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER or Guyot + Spurred Cordon VINE PRUNER certificates.

The exams and the practical training sessions have to be purchased separately.

Winter exams and practical sessions for 2022 have already been completed. The enrolled students will receive the information on dates and locations of the spring exam sessions by email.  

The videos are available with audio in English. For Spanish, French or English subtitles click the “CC” button in the lower right corner (only English subtitles available for “master class” videos).

Course Content

In this chapter we will analyze the first phases of shoot selection after planting the rooted cutting. In this and following chapters three different classes of vigour, which we will be able to confirm during the winter pruning, will be described.

After having defined three different classes of vigour, we will start from forming the trunk of a weak vigour plant in the first winter after the rooted cutting is planted and then do the subsequent shoot selection in spring.  

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In this second chapter we will see how to form the trunk in case of medium vigour in the first winter after the rooted cutting is planted and then do the subsequent shoot selection in spring.  

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In this chapter we will see how to form the trunk in case of strong vigour in the first winter after the rooted cutting is planted and then do the subsequent shoot selection in spring.  

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In this chapter we will study a particular case. We will see a situation in which the buds are orientated laterally with respect to the axis and direction of the row in the trunk creation phase

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In this video Marco Simonit analyzes a rooted cutting, planted during spring/summer season, that has developed its first canes. Then a demonstration of winter pruning on the first winter after the spring/summer season when the rooted cutting had been planted follows. 

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Marco Simonit analyzes a rooted cutting, planted during spring-summer season, that has developed its first canes. After having analyzed the plant and having made some considerations about the pruning best practices, he demonstrates how to proceed with winter pruning on the first winter after the spring/summer season when the rooted cutting had been planted, with the goal being preserving the sap flow that will feed the future trunk. 

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Marco Simonit demonstrates us how to proceed with the shoot selection on one-year-old plants. After having pruned the plant in the first winter, our goal is to select the young shoots that next year will shape the foundation of the trunk.

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The trunk is a primary structure of the plant. Forming it correctly and preserving its functionality guarantees a long lifetime to the plant. In this video Marco Simonit shows us how to operate on the plants of medium and strong vigour to create a functional and long-lasting structure.  

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In the previous winter the young plant’s trunk was formed. During the spring following the trunk creation, Marco Simonit demonstrates us how to proceed with the shoot selection to guarantee development of the canes that will give origin to the future branches.

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After having set the trunk, in this chapter we will concentrate on setting the monolateral horizontal cordon and lay the foundations for setting the first vegetative points. We will proceed with the description of the spring shoot selection phase. 

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In this chapter we will concentrate on setting the bilateral horizontal cordon and the first vegetative points. We will proceed with the description of the spring shoot selection phase. 

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In this chapter we will see how to set the first vegetative points with the branches selected in the previous year. We will also proceed to continue or complete the extension of the horizontal cordon on the cordon wire. 

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In this chapter we will see how to manage the first vegetative points that begin to branch and set the new vegetative points in the part of the cordon that has been extended in the previous year.  We will evaluate the possibility of a further extension to create for the further development of the horizontal cordon.  

Lesson Content

In this chapter we will analyze a plant trained as bilateral spurred cordon and will see the management of the first vegetative points when they begin to branch. We will then set the new vegetative points and the extensions to complete the cordons.

 

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In this chapter we will see how to manage the development of the vegetative points during the first years of the development of the branches. As we will see, the goals are the same for both monolateral and bilateral spurred cordon. 

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In this chapter we will analyze a 10-year-old plant and its branched vegetative points. We will see how to operate to manage their controlled development. 

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To conclude our course focused on setting up and managing Spurred Cordon trained plants, we will see how two adult plants, that have been pruned for years applying the method aimed at controlled development of the vegetative points, have developed in these years.  

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Building horizontal cordon should be gradual and follow the plant’s growth according to its vigour. After having formed the trunk, Marco Simonit demonstrates how to proceed correctly with the first steps of setting two horizontal cordons and first vegetative points on a vine plant trained as bilateral cordon.

Lesson Content

Spring shoot selection is fundamental to give continuity to the previous winter’s pruning that set the horizontal cordons. Together with Marco Simonit we will see how to ensure correct development of horizontal cordons and of vegetative points that will give origin to the tertiary structures.  

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Building horizontal cordon should be gradual and follow the plant’s growth according to its vigour. After having formed the trunk, Marco Simonit demonstrates how to proceed correctly with the first steps of setting the horizontal cordon on a plant trained as monolateral (or unilateral) cordon.

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As the plants develop year by year, it is important to manage the branches or tertiary structures in a way that guarantees their controlled growth. In this video we will see how Marco Simonit prunes 35+ -year-old plants (winter pruning). 

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Together with Marco Simonit we will see shoot selection on 35+ -year-old plants trained as monolateral (or unilateral) spurred cordon.

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Marco Simonit

VINE MASTER PRUNER

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Course Includes

  • 22 Lessons