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Temperate Fruit & Orchards => Temperate Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: Desertcitrus on May 13, 2019, 07:12:37 PM

Title: Can you grow muscadine grapes in dry hot weather?
Post by: Desertcitrus on May 13, 2019, 07:12:37 PM
I have decided I want to try growing some muscadine grapes. They do well in the heat and humidity but will they grow in dry hot weather? Has anyone grown them in weather similar to Las Vegas?
Title: Re: Can you grow muscadine grapes in dry hot weather?
Post by: Triloba Tracker on May 18, 2019, 12:47:06 PM
You’re right that they like heat and can be cold sensitive.
But I think generally they need good soil moisture.
But I am guessing.....
If you had irrigation perhaps you’d be fine
Title: Re: Can you grow muscadine grapes in dry hot weather?
Post by: SoCal2warm on May 20, 2019, 02:13:44 AM
One permaculture strategy would be to first plant more drought tolerant plants around them to provide just a little bit of shade.
The usual rules don't apply in a hot desert; even sun-loving plants will appreciate partial shade.

Yes, in general grapes do well in hot dry weather, but a hot desert is testing the limits. They are going to need irrigation, at the very least. Surrounding plants as a windbreak helps to reduce evaporative losses also.