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Higgins Muscadine Grape
The Classic Favorite for Great Wine!

Higgins Muscadine Grape

Bareroot
Item # 35751
$18.95
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Glorious Bronze-Pink Berries, Packed with Flavor!

This female should be planted with the pollinator Southland.
When Higgins was introduced in 1955, it was a whole new day for muscadines! The first variety to combine large berry size with terrific berry flavor, it quickly became the favorite. Nearly 60 years later, it is still going strong, and we're happy to make it available for your garden this season!

These beautiful round berries ripen to a glowing, pink-tinged shade of bronze. Expect them to reach 1 to 1½ inches in diameter -- quite large by muscadine standards, and protected from cracking by their thick, aromatic skins. They are ready to harvest in early fall -- late in muscadine season, and a spectacular finish to the year!

Higgins is a very vigorous vine, as you would expect of an American native. The foliage on this deciduous vine is handsome from spring through fall, and spring brings a few flowers (not too ornamental, but important for attracting the bees that carry the pollen!). Train this vine up a grape arbor, pergola, or back fence; it grows quickly in full sun and any well-drained soil.

Higgins is a female, so should be planted within 25 feet of a self-fertile variety such as Southland. Both varieties will fruit heavily this way, and you'll get two kinds of muscadines for even more delicious wine, pies, and juice!

Bred from the old variety Yuga plus a male pollinator, Higgins offers good disease resistance but is a bit more sensitive to cold; keep it mulched if you live on the northern edge of its hardiness range. The vine reaches 30 feet or more long if unpruned. Zones 6-10.

Genus Vitis
Species rotundifolia
Variety 'Higgins'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 7 - 10
Bloom Season Mid Spring
Fruit Color Cream
Habit Vining
Plant Height 30 ft
Additional Characteristics Arches, Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Fall Foliage Changes, Fragrance, Native, Trellises
Foliage Color Medium Green
Harvest Season Early Fall
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cuisine, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions Canada, California, Guam, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.