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Cedar Creek, TX - Victoria Red grapes from Double-A Vineyards. No one spray ANY ANYTHING on or near them until a previous vine came down with the same thing a few weeks ago and is now totally dead. Someone mentioned spider mites - I sprayed the previously dead vine with an ORGANIC fungicide, insecticide, miticide - it died anyway. If anyone has a clue it would be nice to know if maybe Texas is just poison, in General.
 

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Cedar Creek, TX - Victoria Red grapes from Double-A Vineyards. No one spray ANY ANYTHING on or near them until a previous vine came down with the same thing a few weeks ago and is now totally dead. Someone mentioned spider mites - I sprayed the previously dead vine with an ORGANIC fungicide, insecticide, miticide - it died anyway. If anyone has a clue it would be nice to know if maybe Texas is just poison, in General.
Just about all of Texas is a bad place to grow grapes because of Pierces disease. Victoria Red is a variety, a Texas Superstar variety that is supposed to be resistant to this disease but being resistant and foolproof are two different things. Perhaps the vector of this disease, the sharpshooter insect, has evolved into spreading a different strain of this disease. I don't know, but your picture shows a perfect example of Pierces disease.
 
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Thanks,

That's just fricken great - I bought these vines because they're supposed to be resistant to Texas. Should I pull it out?
 
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I have a Cowart Mucadine growing 8-ft from the previously dead vine - is it going to come down with the same thing? It looks OK but of late I think it is slowing down growing.
 
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Thanks,

That's just fricken great - I bought these vines because they're supposed to be resistant to Texas. Should I pull it out?
It doesn't make any difference. Muscadines and Mustang grapes are the ONLY grapes that (supposedly) do not get the disease. People have been trying to grow grapes in Texas for many years. So far only a few small areas in Texas seem to be immune and that is from these resistant varieties. Muscadines and Mustangs have been growing here for many years. Kind of like apples only with apples it's the soil and climate. With grapes its the insect and with insects they can morph into something a little different. I am not saying that the insects have morphed but I am saying that location is the key to at least a few years of production.
 
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It doesn't make any difference. Muscadines and Mustang grapes are the ONLY grapes that (supposedly) do not get the disease. People have been trying to grow grapes in Texas for many years. So far only a few small areas in Texas seem to be immune and that is from these resistant varieties. Muscadines and Mustangs have been growing here for many years. Kind of like apples only with apples it's the soil and climate. With grapes its the insect and with insects they can morph into something a little different. I am not saying that the insects have morphed but I am saying that location is the key to at least a few years of production.
Thanks, Chuck,

I will pull them out in a few days when this disgusting humidity relents a little.

I saw a container Cowart Muscadine on Amazon but I am wondering how in the heck anyone would ship something like that...
 
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Thanks, Chuck,

I will pull them out in a few days when this disgusting humidity relents a little.

I saw a container Cowart Muscadine on Amazon but I am wondering how in the heck anyone would ship something like that...
I'd go to a large nursery and forget about buying a vine online. You really need to look at what your are buying
 
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There aren't too many "large nurseries" around here seems like everything is a 4-hr drive.

I should probably just grow poison ivy instead.
 
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There aren't too many "large nurseries" around here seems like everything is a 4-hr drive.

I should probably just grow poison ivy instead.
There are all kinds of nurseries in Austin. What is it 30 miles? If it were me I would call The Natural Gardener. Its on Bee Caves Rd. to make sure they had some in stock.
 
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I phone TNG and they do not have any until fall.

There are personal reasons why it was important for me to try to get something started this year. I guess I just have to accept it.
 
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I phone TNG and they do not have any until fall.

There are personal reasons why it was important for me to try to get something started this year. I guess I just have to accept it.
That make sense because you want to plant them when they are dormant.
 

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ZM,

I have had years and years of grape growing without ever spraying one time or even the hint of a problem....muscadine variety.

It simply is incorrect to say that grapes don't do well in East Texas. Well, maybe its true in a sense because they do better than "well"....they do spectacular here!

Nothing, absolutely nothing makes a better grape jelly than the muscadines. I have scuppernong, cowart, Noble, and a couple of others.

I had to tear down my 30 year old grape arbor to make room for construction and the relocation of the grapes is a work in progress. I added the RazzMataz grape to my collection and then after reading about the Victoria red here ordered and planted a couple of them.

I don't know how these new varieties will do here but I can say 100% certainty that muscadines thrive here and I've never seen even the hint of Pierce's or any other problem. Virtually maintenance free once established.

Don't be discouraged or advised against grapes in our area...muscadines are a hoot!
 
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Yep, muscadine and mustang grapes do really well in Texas because they are native to Texas. All other varieties are somewhat susceptible to downright guaranteed of getting Pierces whether they say they are resistant or not.
 

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Here is a photo of my transplanted muscadines...from 30 plus year old cuttings. I'm expecting grapes in August this year as well as foliage covering a large area:
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Here is the new "RazzMataz" variety. Read about it and you will see it has "muscadine" genes in its rootstock. It is supposed to produce continuously and if you look closely you can see bunches already forming.

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Below see a newly started scuppernong grape :

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Last but not least a large variety Cowart grape:

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I've tried European varieties and failed 100%...but have never failed or had a problem with a muscadine grape rootstock.

As mentioned, I recently (two days ago) planted a couple of Victoria Red based on reading about it here and elsewhere. I'm not optimistic that they will make it this year because of the very late start, but I intend to order more next winter and try again if necessary...and I suspect it will be necessary.

Don't ever give up on muscadines...they are a super food!
 
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Thanks Meadowlark - wish I knew all this before I bought the Victoria Reds - I believe one of my posts was the inspiration for you to buy yours from Double-A.

Fact is, I have cancer and of course, don't know how much time is left. I just wanted some greenery and a few handfuls of grapes to eat. Starting over again next spring is depressing. Double-A made it sound like no-problem in Texas... Cheap lesson but geez this is ridiculous - not to mention sending them many photos trying to figure out what was going on and being interrogated about anyone spraying weed-killer. I had an experience with weed killer near my Carolina Reapers so not like I would ever make that stupid mistake again.

One photo here and bam - looked it up - same exact condition...

Your vines look great.
 

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Yes, ZM, your post was the inspiration for my planting the Victoria Red. I'd give mine less than 50% chance of making it this summer, but will try again if possible/required next winter. I didn't want to wait but knew the chances were low this late.

I also share your "don't know how much time is left" but regardless I figure someone will enjoy the benefit of some great grapes even if it isn't me.

Check out the RazzMatazz...it sure is an interesting grape for Texas but I can't swear to its long term survivability.
 
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I think I am going to stick with my solitary Muscadine for the foreseeable future. I'll have to wait till next spring for Tractor Supply to have vines again - but now I know why they only had Muscadines...

I was thinking the same thing about others enjoying the benefits of the grapes.
 
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ML, where did you get your RazzMatazz?

Also, the soil here is brown mudpie clay - do you think it would thrive in that gunk?
 
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They are pricey. The first year they will not tolerate drying out. I have a sandy loam soil and don't know about clay for them, sorry.
 

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