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Ken W Wilson
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Location: Nevada, Mo 64772
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Is anyone growing muscadine grapes in zone 5 or 6? It seems like the extra diseasw resistance would make growing them without fungicides easy?

How do they taste? Some descriptions make them sound too sweet.

 
Bryant RedHawk
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Location: Vilonia, Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
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We grow muscadines from wild varieties we found growing on our land but we are in zone 7b-8a.
Some of our vines are over 30 feet long but these are way up in dead trees and that fruit is for birds and squirrels.
This is mostly from the zone we are in, they get about 16 hours of sun in mid summer which allows the vines to go crazy with growth.
We have around 20 vines that I am pruning along with clearing spaces around them for sun to hit them all through the day, this is what makes the grapes sweet, to much shade will produce a small, bitter grape.
This year I discovered some wild grape vines growing beside some newly found muscadine vines.

Treat a muscadine or scuppernog vine just like you would any other grape and it will give you good fruits which make a nice wine.
muscadine skins are thick and tough, so they are best when peeled. Like any grape, some will be sweeter than others.
The one thing that differs a muscadine from a "regular" grape is that they don't form in large bunches.

The better your soil is, the better the muscadine will grow and the sweeter it can become.

My wine grape vines are in far poorer soil than my muscadine vines are in, both are growing nicely and giving us decent fruit.

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Tj Jefferson
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Location: Virginia USDA 7a/b
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If you have wild grape vines see if they have muscadine characteristics. I bet you have them. They are super easy to grow. Mine have gotten hammered by the deer and are still happy.

Like Bryant some are in trees, others are just looking for hosts. I'm doing a mix of traditional and arboreal trellising. Grapes are confidence boosters!
 
Ken W Wilson
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Location: Nevada, Mo 64772
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The only wild grapes I know of are at least 40' up. I only see the stems after they fall. I guess after something eats the grapes. I used to find them when I was a kid. Made the best jam.

Maybe I'll look more.

Thanks!
 
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