pruning weight, a measure of vine vigour, or, more strictly, capacity, obtained by weighing the canes removed from a vine at winter pruning. This is the most useful and common measure of vine growth. The value may be used, for example, to assess how many buds might be left at winter pruning to achieve the best vine performance, using concepts of balanced pruning. Similarly, the ratio between the weight of prunings and the fruit produced is a good indication of balance.
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