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Hardy Kiwi frost damage update

hearty kiwi Actinidia Arguta with frost damage and new leaf

Our Hardy Kiwi looks like it might spring back to life with a little luck and a few more weeks of non-freezing nights.

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I am in a zone 3/4 in Idaho. We have arctic kiwi and the first time we planted it it turned black and died. This year it was delivered too early but I was ready. We dug a big hole so that when we watered it would hold water. Then put a wall of water around each one. For the first week I left a wool blanket and a garbage can filled with straw on them. Now I leave the blanket and garbage can on them at night or on really cold days. they are blossoming now and we planted them outside in the end of march.
Comment by Anonymous Sun Apr 29 21:06:19 2012
Anonymous --- Good reminder that we could always move on to arctic kiwis if the hardy kiwis are a bust. (The former are even more hardy, although I seem to remember they bear less fruit.) I'm impressed that yours are blooming the first year!
Comment by anna Mon Apr 30 16:46:38 2012

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