Southland Muscadine Grape

Southland Muscadine Grape

Vitis rotundifolia 'Southland'


Bareroot
Item # 35752
Available Feb 10, 2020 to open plant zones. View schedule.
$18.95
Buy 3+ at $17.05 ea
Buy 6+ at $16.10 ea
Introduced by the USDA in 1967, this highly fragrant, very productive muscadine is a favorite among home gardeners. Nothing beats that musky smell . . . unless it's the flavor of these highly sweet berries!

This self-fertile vine is ready to harvest in early fall, one of the last muscadines of the season. Spring brings a scattering of blooms that attract bees, and then the grapes ripen all summer. Small to medium sized, such a dark shade of purple they appear black, and bursting with 17% sugar and lots of juice, Southland is a treat!

The foliage on this deciduous vine is handsome from spring through fall. Oval to triangular, it is bright and glossy, keeping the grape arbor, pergola, or back fence looking lush. Southland is a fast grower in full sun and any well-drained soil.

Bred from seedlings of Thomas x Topsail, Southland is highly disease-resistant and very vigorous. You just need one for fruiting, since it's self-fertile, but you may want to combine it with another variety for greater harvest and two different muscadines. Let Southland pollinate the female muscadine Higgins for a spectacular sight and the best combination of different flavors!

Native to the southeastern U.S., the large leaves on this vigorous vine turn soft shades of gold, adding to the ornamental appeal. Plant in full sun and train up an arbor, fence, or other very sturdy support. Reaches 30 feet or more long if unpruned. Zones 6-10.

Vitis
Grape

Planting:

Set plants out in well drained, deeply cultivated, sandy or gravely loam soil. The planting site should have enough elevation for air drainage to prevent injury by late spring freezes.

Plant in full sun 8 feet apart, rows 8-10 feet apart. In northern zones, plant in a southern exposure and provide protection on cold nights. At planting prune roots to healthy, undamaged tissue and prune top to single stem with 3-5 buds.


Maintenance:

Water deeply at base of plants. Drip irrigation would work well. Apply mulch for moisture retention and weed control. Any nitrogen fertilization should be done in spring or early summer before setting of fruit. Use nitrate of soda or well rotted manure.

Provide winter protection for young plants and against any unusually harsh, cold and wind. Pruning should be done January through March.


Zones:

Zones 5-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.

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