Vegetables and Fruit forum: Wild Muscadine Grapes

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Name: Cheryl
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Dec 1, 2012 10:09 PM CST
I have several wild Muscadine Grapes growing in the forest behind me. They were choking out the trees so I cut them back out of the trees this fall. Question 1) What are the chances of them growing back? Question 2) Can I train them to grow horizontally on wire so that the grapes are reachable by me? Right now they only grow where the birds can get to them. Question 3) How much sun do they need? The forest is less than dappled sun which may explain why they are climbing high into the trees to produce.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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Dec 14, 2012 4:44 PM CST
The muscadine and scuppernong can both be easily trained to grow horizontally. I don't know about them coming back though I would guess that they will. If you left any growth on them at all, they surely will come back.They naturally go dormant in late fall, so you won't know whether they will come back until the spring. Muscadines/Scuppernong grow and produce best in full sun. They will certainly produce in dappled shade, just not as well. They both make wonderful jellies. Ken
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