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muscadines are very sour this year?

Posted by granolaeeter 7b/8a (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 4, 11 at 23:25

One of my muscadine vines produced very sour grapes this year.

There are three growing on an arbor, all black, and every year (over 6 years now) produce buckets of very sweet black muscadines.

This year one of the vines has fruits that are smaller than usual, but there are more of them and they are clustered together - and sour.

There was a bed of vegetables planted very close to the base of that particular vine so it recieved more water and nutrition that it has in the past - could this have caused the sour grapes?

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RE: muscadines are very sour this year?

The only environmental factor that I remember muscadine growers mentioning with regard to sweetness is liming. Limed soil had a reputation for increasing sweetness. This does seem to run counter though to reasonably sweet native muscadines on strongly acidic forest soils, but maybe they would be still sweeter on less-acid soil.

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