Welder Muscadine Grape
Native to the Southeastern U.S., muscadine vines are a fast-growing, delicious grape relative that we are excited to bring up to the PNW! Welder is considered one of the sweetest varieties in cultivation, making them perfect for fresh eating, juicing, and even wine! Reaching 8-12′ tall when fully mature, these delicious amber colored fruits are hardy down to zone 7 and will ripen late August into September, likely later in northern climates. They require full sun and are self-fertile. Welder also makes an excellent pollenizer variety for other muscadine varieties.
Native to the American South, Muscadine grapes are a unique species that are infamous and much loved by Southerners. Most of us in the North have never had the pleasure of tasting these unique treasures, but we are excited to experiment with them and offer them to gardeners around the country. Unlike most Vitis species commonly cultivated, Muscadine grapes often require another variety as a pollenizer, but other self-fertile females often suffice and both vines will produce fruit. We have to give a very special thank you to one of our favorite customers, Willie, for turning us on to Muscadine Grapes that he knew and loved from his time in the South. Thanks, Willie! You’re the best!
Latin Name: Vitis rotundifolia
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Rootstock Description: Self rooted
Pollination Requirements: Self fertile
Hardiness: Hardy to 0° F
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, arbor or other support.
Fruit Skin: Amber
Ripening Time: August-October
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
USDA Zone: 7-10