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Hardy Kiwi update

Hardy Kiwi update 2015

Our Hardy Kiwi got nipped by the recent Dogwood Winter, but we've still got hope that the new leaf life will lead to flowers and then fruit.



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I have had to replace my female kiwi. I have an arching trellis in full sun, where I've been intending to plant it. The previous caretaker planted the male kiwi in shade, directly under/within a beautiful chinquapin tree, and the shade and competition from the tree definitely delayed leafing out, but the kiwi seems okay climbing up the tree for support.

I've revisited my kiwi references before placing the new female. Now I'm reading that partial sun might be more appropriate, since they grow in the Chinese jungle. Suggestions? Full sun in a prominent trellis position OR maybe move back where it is less than a full day of sun with intermittent shade throughout the day. That is where I have elderberries, gooseberries, currants, and aronia. They do great there. That would free up the full sun for maybe a grape or two along the already constructed trellis. (These aren't hardy - they are fuzzy.) My orchard has every level of sun available in the various corners.

Comment by Charity Tue May 12 13:14:07 2015





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