When to Plant Muscadine Vines?

Muscadine grapes are a common dooryard fruit, in part, due to their low susceptibility to disease and pests and their status as a sustainable food crop. These fruit-producing plants are able to thrive without the assistance of harmful pesticides or fungicide applications. Muscadine grapes are sold as container-grown or bare-root vines. Container-grown vines can be planted year-round, following the conclusion of freezing temperatures, as long as adequate follow-up irrigation is provided. Bare-root muscadine grapes should be planted prior to spring budbreak during the months of December through March. Until planting season, bare-root plants should be kept moist and refrigerated.

  1. Plant Use

    • Muscadine grapes have a unique, musky aroma and a thick outer skin. They tend to yield less juice than many other grape species. Despite this, muscadine grapes are a versatile fruit that can be eaten fresh or processed into jam, pie, syrup, jelly, juice or wine. Muscadine grapes are well-suited for the home garden. Commercially, muscadine grapes are successfully used within U-Pick operations, which offer direct-to-consumer grapes. In the wild, the muscadine grape is an important food source for animals.

    Site Selection

    • Muscadine grapes flourish in well-drained, loamy soil, in a location that receives full sunlight. Sandy soil is tolerated, but grapes will require a higher degree of irrigation. Avoid clay soils, which provide poor drainage. Injury or death will occur if temperatures go below 0 degrees Fahrenheit or if standing water is allowed, even for even brief periods of time. For successful grape production, soil pH should be between 5.8 and 6.5.

    How to Plant

    • Dig a hole that will accommodate the entire root system at, or slightly above, the existing soil level. The muscadine grape should be planted at the same depth of the container from which it is removed. Back fill the hole firmly with loose, native soil. Prune vines to a single stem with a root spread of approximately 12 inches. In the case of extremely long roots, slicing the roots is preferred to allowing the roots to circle within a planting hole. Immediately irrigate after planting.

    Growing Range

    • Muscadine grapes grow in the United States as far north as Delaware and as far south south as central Florida. It is present within all the Gulf Coast states. Although native to the southeast, it can be found growing in the wild as far west as Kansas, Oklahoma and East Texas. Muscadine grapes are well-suited for hot, humid climates; some varieties have been successfully cultivated within warmer parts of California, Oregon and Washington.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit grapes image by Brett Bouwer from Fotolia.com

You May Also Like

  • Care for Muscadine Grape Vines

    Muscadine grapes are a hearty and popular fruit indigenous to the southeastern United States. The grapes are best grown in hot humid...

  • My Muscadines Grow too Much Foliage & Few Grapes

    Muscadine grapes, Vitus rotundifolia, is a native crop of the southeastern United States and grow in many areas from Delaware to central...

  • How to Grow Muscadine Vines

    Muscadine grape vines produce small clusters of grapes throughout the warm climate of the southeastern United States and portions of the west...

  • About Wild & Edible East Texas Plants

    The native plants of East Texas that have supplied food to the region's residents for hundreds of years are enjoying a new...

  • How to Buy Muscadine Grape Plants

    The muscadine grapevine, known scientifically as vitis rotundifolia, is a grapevine species that is native to the warm, humid regions of the...

  • How to Transplant Muscadine Vines

    Muscadine vines, whether harvested yourself or received from a nursery, have to be transplanted correctly to ensure their future health and growth....

  • When to Plant Muscadine Grapes

    Muscadine grapes have a sweet, fruity flavor and a musky smell. These grapes show tolerance for warm weather, pests and diseases that...

  • How to Propagate Muscadine Vines

    The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service suggests you propagate muscadine grapes by using cuttings from a non-patented vine variety you like because...

  • How to Root Muscadine Vines

    Before you harvest a cutting, find out what type of muscadine plant you are growing. Some muscadine grapevines are patented and copyrighted....

  • How to Plant the Louisiana Muscadine

    Muscadine grapes grow small, purple fruit and live for many years with the right care. Although these grapes grow wild throughout Louisiana,...

  • How to Plant Muscadine Grapes in Mississippi

    Muscadine grape vines (Vitis rotundifolia Michx) are native to Mississippi and have adapted to the hot humid climate of the southeastern United...

  • How to Make Bare Root Grapevines From Cuttings

    Grapes are an excellent addition to the home garden. They don't require any more care than other types of fruits and vegetables,...

Related Ads

Read Article

Fabulous Fall Decor: Seasonal Touches for Your Home and Table