Muscadine Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by meandtheharl
October 17, 2010
How do I germinate Muscadine seeds and get started growing muscadines? Thanx

Answer from NGA
October 17, 2010
Muscadine grapes contain five oval to oblong seeds. Though the seeds don't grow true to the parents, planting muscadine seeds can be a fun experiment. You'll have the best germination rates if you plant seeds from wild or heirloom varieties. If you want a specific muscadine grape cultivar, you have to plant a cutting from the desired variety.

With that said, here's how to start the seeds:

Clean pulp from seeds with warm water and pat them dry. Scarify the seeds by nicking the seed coat with nail clippers or a knife. Be careful not to nick the embryo. Store the seeds in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 months. Place the seeds in sterile seed starting mixture. Grape seeds need warmth in order to germinate so place the seed starting flat on a warming mat. Leave the flat in place until the seeds germinate. When the seedlings have developed two sets of leaves, re-pot the seedlings into individual containers. Plant them outside in spring after all danger of frost has passed.

Good luck with your project.

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