Early Florida settlers found the fruit of our native Florida grapes to be small, thick-skinned, seedy and sour. Continued cultivation, has allowed for the development of grape varieties that thrive in Florida.
Three types of grapes grow in Florida: Muscadine, Bunch grapes, and a hybrid of the two.
Some varieties have both female and male reproductive portions and do not require a pollinator. Others, however, have only female flowers and must be planted within 25 ft of a self-fertile variety.
As a general rule, when a larger number of grapes are planted, every third plant should be a self-fertile variety to assure good fruit production.
Sun Requirements: Best growth can be expected when plants are set in full sun
Soil Requirements: well-drained, improved soil with a slightly acid pH.
Spacing: Bunch grapes should be planted 10 feet apart; Muscadines should be planted every 15 to 16 feet.