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Posted on: May 29th, 2018


Muscadine Variety Spotlight: African Queen

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

African Queen Muscadine If you have room for one more plant in your vineyard I would recommend planting the African Queen. It is one of our releases that works well for the home gardner. It is a female variety that ripens mid season, a vigorous grower, as well as a consistent producer. At the time […]

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Asian Pears: One of our favorite fruits

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

Obviously muscadines are way up the list of my favorite fruits, but there is one fruit tree that I love and I believe you will love them too. Asian Pears are a fantastic fruit and they are some of the sweetest pears you will ever eat in your life time. The first time I tried […]

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Muscadine Variety Spotlight: FRY

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

Fry is a variety that was released in 1972 by Dr B.O. Fry. In all regards the release of this variety was a Game Changer. Prior to Fry there was no commercial fresh fruit market for muscadines, all of the varieties before Fry were small in size, disease issues were a concern, or either the […]

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Muscadine Variety Spotlight: SUGARGATE

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

Variety Spotlight – “Sugargate” Sugargate is an early ripening black female that we released here at our nursery. Before Sugargate the only large black fruited muscadine was the Jumbo. Jumbo is a very large fruit but it ripened late in the season and in my opinion had to be almost dead ripe before it was sweet. […]

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When to Prune Muscadines

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

This is a question we are often asked and hopefully this information will guide you on when the best time to prune is. In the 1970’s through the early 80’s the accepted time to prune would be once the vines were dormant around Thanksgiving and try and finish pruning by early January. The commercial muscadine […]

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Cold Weather and Muscadine Vines

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

This is the second week this winter that much of the Southeast is having winter temperatures that are below our normal averages. We have seen snow in unusual places, we have seen days when the temperature doesn’t get above 32, and we are only at January 15th. Muscadines are a tough plant, they are native […]

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Grow The Best Blueberries

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruiting crops to grow, but a little local knowledge can allow you to grow the best blueberries ever. Follow these recommendation to allow your blueberry plants to flourish. 1. Blueberries like a low ph, 4.2-4.6 is the best ph level for the plants. If your soil has not been […]

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Spraying for Disease and Insects in the Vineyard

Posted on: May 17th, 2018

  The primary diseases that affect muscadines are Black Rot, Ripe Rot, and Powdery Mildew. The primary insects are Japanese Beatles, Aphids, and leaf-hoppers. When managing the vineyard we should think preventive versus reactive, it is easier to prevent diseases and insects versus reacting to disease pressure and insect pressure.   Follow these guidelines to ensure healthy vines and high quality fruit.   1. We […]

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Muscadine Harvest Season

Posted on: August 14th, 2017

The Harvest Has Began We started picking muscadines this morning much like we have for the last 83 years. For the most part things have not changed much, we still hand pick all the fruit and we always hope for the best and pick the rest. The varieties that are ripening first are the Early […]

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