I love grapes. I recently had the opportunity to sample some grapes still growing on the vine. They were sweet and delicious. I wondered what made a grape vine successful and productive. Now I understand that it is the same process that makes our lives successful, happy, and productive.
The success of the grape vine and the production of juicy grapes are dependent upon the proper pruning of the vines. Only the green shoots from the plant bears the grapes. The vines must be trained and pruned to maintain or improve their productivity.
The fruit bearing part of the vine gets further away the roots each year. As the vine gets longer, energy and plant food are unnecessarily wasted as the sap is pumped a greater distance from the roots to the leaves. Pruning reduces the distance between the root and the branch and forces the vine to focus upon fruit production.