grape vines - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sheliahumphr
June 1, 2010
I live in louisiana and was wondering if there are certain types of grapes that grow better here and how do i go about make an inexpensive support for them to grow on?


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Answer from NGA
June 1, 2010

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The native American Muscadine grapes and some French-American cross-breeds are resistant to disease and thrive most in this region. Popular among these hybrids are Miss Blue, Miss Blanc, MidSouth, Stover, and Orlando. Grapes will need about an 8 by 8 support structure. A basic trellis is set up much like a fence. The height and shape of your trellis will depend on the type of grape you're growing but all you need are 4 by 4 fence posts with wire in between on which to train the vines. I have mine growing on a split rail fence. The vines completely cover it in the summertime and I prune everything back in the winter and remove it from the fence. Best wishes with your grape growing project!

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