How to maintain Scuffadine berry vine. When to cut back and ect.

Asked May 10, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

How to maintain Scuffadine berry vine. When to cut back and ect.

Covington County Alabama grapes

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I am not familiar with Scuffadine. From what I can find it is categorized as a Muscadine. In that case you would want to prune it in the late winter, early spring. First, remove all dead, diseased or damaged growth. Since muscadines produce fruit on new shoots growing from last year’s growth, you should prune back the canes that grew last year leaving about three inches or so of growth to form the new fruiting spurs. A good rule of thumb is to leave two to four buds per cane to produce fruit. Late February is a great time to plan to prune your muscadines. Don’t be worried if the vines "bleed" at the points where you make the pruning cuts. This is normal and will not hurt the vine. When pruned correctly, it leaves a zig-zag pattern in the stems.

You also need to remove tendrils that wrap around the vine. Tendrils are finger-like structures that the muscadine uses to attach itself to the support structure. If tendrils are not removed, they can girdle the fruiting spurs and cause a reduction in your yield.

For more information feel free to check out the publication on the Alabama Cooperative Extension website http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0053-L/ANR-0053-L.pdf