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By CHARLES DEARING, associate horticulturist, Division of Fruit and Vegetable
Crops and Diseases, Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engi-
neering, Agricultural Research Administration
Pollination _ _ _ _ _
Training and pruning- _
Training and pruning-Con.
Practical training and pruning
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Harvesting and handling ----
Yields and value_
Insect enemies and diseases ....
MUSCADINE GRAPES are native to most of the southeastern
part of the United States. They thrive in most of the soils of
this region, which extends from Virginia to Florida and along
the Gulf coast to Texas. Muscadine grapes are used for wine making,
but they are also highly prized as fresh fruit by the people of the South-
east and can be made into excellent unfermented grape juice and other
In most of the region where muscadine grapes are likely to succeed
(fig. 1), the temperature does not often go lower than 100 F. and it
rarely goes to 0. Occasionally vines are found growing beyond these
temperature limits, but in such cases they are more or less protected
or are not thriving. The minimum temperature that the vines can
stand depends largely upon the preceding weather. Although vines
have been known to live through periods in which the thermometer
registered as low as -100, they may be damaged at much higher tem-
peratures if the preceding weather has been warm and the change in
temperature comes suddenly. Native vines at the northern limits of
their range and in the higher altitudes, such as western North Carolina,
will stand considerably lower temperatures than vines in the southern
coastal section. The muscadine varieties used at present are likely to
be killed where temperatures as low as 00 occur habitually and may be
injured at somewhat higher temperatures.
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Dearing, Charles. Muscadine Grapes, pamphlet, 1947; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc97265/m1/3/: accessed February 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.