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How to Plant Muscadine Grape Seeds

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Overview

The muscadine grape, also known as the scuppernong grape, is resistant to many of the problems, such as Pierce's disease and phylloxera, which plague the imported grape vines across the United States. According to ARS horticulturist, James B. Magee, the muscadine grape is one of the first native grapes to be cultivated. You can plant the seeds yourself and grow your own healthy vines.

Step 1

Separate the seeds from the pulp of the center of the grape by rubbing them between two layers of paper towel. The pulp might be fine to keep on the seed if you were planting the seeds directly in the soil, but inside plantings will only start molding. Rinse the seeds under cool water and place them on a dry paper towel until you are ready to use them.

Step 2

Dampen a paper towel and set your muscadine grape seeds into the middle of the paper towel.. Expect only about 20 percent of the seeds to germinate, so start with plenty for your needs. Fold the paper towel in half three or four times so that the seeds are well encased. Place the folded paper towel into the plastic bag and close it.

Step 3

Place the plastic bag into the back of your refrigerator where it can stay for 30 days to to break the hibernation of the seeds. You do not want to freeze the seeds--just chill them to about 35 to 45 degrees, which is the standard temperature range of a kitchen refrigerator.

Step 4

Remove the muscadine seeds from the plastic bag and paper towel, opening it carefully so you don't break any sprouts that may have already started growing. Don't worry if your seeds don't have any sprouts, some of them may still sprout after they have been planted.

Step 5

Plant the seeds in a plant pot filled with damp potting soil. The muscadine grape can grow in most soils, as long as it has good drainage. Bury them about an inch down and firm the soil over them.

Step 6

Water the seeds after planting, so that the soil becomes wet but not puddling and then keep the soil moist until you see the sprouts emerge. Keep the planted seeds in a warm and sunny spot. You can move them outside to a sunny area when the outside temperatures have warmed to be 70 degrees or more.

Things You'll Need

  • Muscadine grape seeds
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Planting soil
  • Plant pot

References

  • USDA: America's First Grape: The Muscadine
  • Kitchen Gardens: Grow Your Own Grapes
Keywords: muscadine grape seeds, plant scuppernong seed, germinating muscadine seeds

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and eHow.com. Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.