I'm preparing to plant grapes. I have some Concords. I've also ordered Muscadine (Cowart and Jumbo).
Does anyone know if I need to be concerned about cross pollination? I'm not worried about the seeds, but the fruit is a concern. It seems like the Muscadines have to be pretty close to each other to assure pollination. I have plenty of room to keep them separate, but it would be more costly to water, harvest etc.
Also, is there a book you would recommend related to this?
Growing up, my family had a neighbor who owned a small farm just outside of town where he had planted grapes. I don't recall the exact type that he planted(some wine variety I think) but I do recall him being really upset that they were cross pollinated with the wild grapes nearby. The wild grapes would have been muscadine or scuppernong.
Location: Eastern Washington, 8 acres, h. zone 5b
posted 6 years ago
The interesting part of this is that it will be 2 or 3 years before I know whether or not it's an issue!
AFAIK (discounting other wild vitis species I am not familiar with), the muscadines are the only ones you really have to worry about pollination with. Most cultivated grapes are self-fertile. In addition, around 80% of wild muscadine seedlings are male, so with surrounding woods you may even be okay without a pollinator.
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