Muscadine Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
October 17, 2010

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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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