|I have been considering planting a male and female grape vine in Birmingham AL. What time of year is best for planting such vines in the South?|
|Spring is usually the best time to plant grapevines. If you're interested in growing Muscadine grapes for fresh fruit, here are some recommended varieties: Female types: Black Beauty, Supreme, Darlene, Fry, Loomis, Summit, Sweet Jenny, Black Fry. (Fry and Black Fry are often hurt by winter freezes in North Alabama).
Perfect types: (Use as pollinators for female varieties.) Triumph, Ison, Nesbitt, Carlos, Cowart, Granny Val, Pineapple. If you'd like to grow wine grapes, the University of Alabama suggests the following varieties: Female types: Higgins (often hurt by winter freezes in North Alabama); Perfect types: Golden Isles, Magnolia, Noble, Welder, Carlos. Best wishes with your grapevines.