After realizing what a huge task I had committed myself to after leasing this muscadine vineyard, I started looking into other areas to sell the product besides making wine. Muscadine jelly/jams, juice, and crushing the hulls and seeds into a powder for a healthful additive to my diet. I dehydrated the hulls and seeds then ran that thru my food processor. It worked a little but could not convert all the material to a powder form. I will invest into a hand crank grist mill to do the grinding while I experiment. Later, if results are successful, I will get a larger electric powered mill. I sprinkle 1/4 tsp over my oatmeal then stir it in to heat up . According to the information, the hulls & seeds contain the highest levels antioxidents than any other fruits & vegetables. Muscadines contain Resveratrol. Helps to fight inflammation, fights heart diease, anti-cancer agent. The seeds also contain "ellagic acid". This acid is only found in Muscadines. It is a strong heart benifit, fights colon cancer cells, and even has some anti-aging properties. Ison's produces this powder as well as the Muscadine juice for sale. I'm all about healthy eating and drinking
Is this the time of year to prune my vines?
I am in the South Mountains of Morganton NC
I will prune mine mid to late Feb. Im in N. Georgia.
Randy . G
I am in NE Alabama Mountains and I prune first and second in March
I am southeast of Oklahoma City, Ok. I prune first two weeks in March.
i always prune around Valentine’s Day. It keeps me consistent every year.
for muscadines yes. We will get freeze damage if we prune to early.
It was almost 60* here Saturday. Yesterday it was 31* for a high and 16* this morning. This is the reason I don't get in a hurry to prune my vines.
Fortunately, muscadines have a heat accumulation requirement that delays their coming out of dormancy long enough to have time for pruning a few vines after the danger of frost. It's when you get into a big enough pruning job that it takes weeks that you get into a jam. You either have to start way earlier or you end up pruning when they're leafing out.
like you, Feb. to early March is about when I start pruning also. I need to finish pruning before any buds begin to break. Impossible to prune then without knocking off new emerging buds.
Looking for opinions on Muscadine trellis systems. One wire or two? Advantages or disadvantages with either?
The Geneva Double Curtain is certainly more productive, but there is more to a trellis system than production. This system is a killer when you prune. Reaching up, getting on top, getting under it and working the opposite side is a pain, especially when you have very many vines. Harvesting is not much better. Your pickers will appreciate a single wire.
IN WHAT ZONE DO MUSCADINE VINES GROW
I'm a little confused with some posts stating that they are growing Muscadines in zone 6 yet i have always read that they grow from zone 7-9. Please enlighten me.
I live in Ellijay, just over the mountain from you and I've had several vines killed by the cold. I would think it would be hard to get vines to survive in zone 6. The University of Georgia said I would probably fail growing muscadines in Ellijay but I've done it for over 30 years.
GROWING MUSCADINES FROM SEED
take the strongest vine, plant the seeds (15 to 20). Its a 2 to 3 year wait but your problem will most likely be solved and you might have a great surprise when/if it bears fruit. Nature adaptation is so amazing.
You should never plant Muscadine seeds. They don't ever come out true, so you never know what you are getting.
I propagate about 1,500 Muscadine Vines from cuttings each year and sell them by specific cultivars so that my customers know exactly what they are getting. I would never sell nameless varieties. At present I have over 18 different varieties. The name of my company is Muscadines And More.