This symbol denotes a disease resistant variety
Southern Living Magazine's Garden Editor,
tells all about Muscadines in this funny and informative video
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Do you savor sweet bronze muscadines but have limited space? Magnolia has the flavor and size of the old Scuppernong, yet is self-pollinating. Great for fresh eating, jelly and wine. Ripens early-mid season. Zones 7-9.
Southland is one of our favorites for fresh eating with a very sweet flavor. The large purple-black fruit are produced in high yields and ripen mid to late season. Great for fresh eating, juice, jelly and wine, The vine is self-pollinating, has moderate vigor and is resistant to leaf diseases.
Ripens mid to late season. Zones 7-9.
With many requests, we now offer Cowart to include in your garden. The large black fruit are borne in large clusters, and have a very good flavor and fruit quality. Used for fresh eating, juice, jelly and wine. The vines are
self-pollinating, disease resistant, vigorous and productive.
Ripens early -mid season. Zone 7-9.
'Nesbitt' was selected from the cross 'Fry' x 'Cowart' for its large berry size with excellent flavor and resistance to ripe rot. Used for fresh eating, juice, jelly and wine. Strong healthy vines are self-pollinating, disease resistant, vigorous and productive with an extended harvest period excellent for home and pick your own operations, as grapes are available for a long time. 'Nesbitt' was released in 1985 by R. Goldy and W. Nesbitt of North Carolina State Univ. Ripens throughout the mid to late season harvest period. Zone 7-9.
Muscadines are a very sought after grape family originating in the South, and so very easy to grow with little to no spraying. A lot of research is now progressing on the healing resveratrol element found in the darker varieties. Though some think of all bronze fruit as scuppernongs, and all purple fruit as muscadines, the term 'muscadine' really encompasses both the bronze and purple fruit. Female varieties must be pollinated with a Self-fertile variety. Plant in full sun at 15-20 ft. apart on strong trellises. Mulch well and water in deeply. After growth starts, select the strongest shoot and let that grow as the main trunk up to the trellis wire, pruning off the remaining branches. Our Grape & Berry Starter Tablets will insure good growth the first year. In late winter, prune back runners every year to 3-4 buds. Bearing may begin in 1-2 years.
Johnson Nursery, Inc.