Small shoots arise from vine buds in the spring during the yearly vine development cycle known as “budbreak.” The new growing season is initiated by this procedure, which also marks the end of their winter hibernation phase known as dormancy. When from the vines start to escape small amounts of water, it is usually the first clue that budbreak is about to occur. In the few weeks before budbreak, the buds that were left over from winter pruning start to swell. As the first young leaves open and push through the bud scales, the first hints of green in the vineyard, signal budburst.

In cool areas, budburst occurs in the early spring when the average air temperature is around 10°C (50°F). It usually happens in March for many northern hemisphere regions, and in September for southern hemisphere regions. Budburst occurs earlier in warm and hot climates than it does in colder climates. It is to be noted that buds are very reactive to warmth and sun as a succession of few warm days in early spring can be enough trigger bud swelling.

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