arbor size for hardy kiwi

alexander3_gw(6 Pennsylvania)March 16, 2008

I have a male and female hardy kiwi (A. arguta) in pots, and plan to plant them in the ground this season. I'm thinking about building a hexagonal arbor with two or three benches underneath. It would be 8 or 10 feet across. Would such a structure be large enough to accommodate both vines? I've read several times how vigorous these vines are, but don't really have a good feel for how much space they take.

The other option is a T-bar trellis along a fence. It's 25 feet long with a 4 foot gate in the middle, so each vine would get about 10 feet of trellis. That site gets a bit less sun and is more protected from wind.

I'm in zone 6 in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Alex

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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

Alex,
I've been searching for the same answer. I have a kiwi vine planted next to my neighbor fence, and just got a male kiwi as well.
I'm still deciding on what I need. I asked the same question in a different forum and I received some ideas.
I'm in the Lehigh valley also.
Bass

Here is a link that might be useful: Grape and kiwi trellis

    Bookmark   March 16, 2008 at 8:20PM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

My kiwi arbor is probably a little small (I have 8 kiwi's around it) but it is 2 feet deep, 8 feet long and 6+ feet high.

As you can see my arbor is located against a wooden fence and I wish I had a more recent picture, this one is about 4 years old about now.

~Chills

    Bookmark   March 16, 2008 at 9:04PM
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alexander3_gw(6 Pennsylvania)

Bass,

Thanks for the link!

Chills,

8 vines must really turn your arbor into quite a mass of leaves! Are you getting fruit yet?

Alex

    Bookmark   March 17, 2008 at 12:10AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

My males have bloomed, but my females haven't, so no fruit yet.

The shade within the arbor is pretty deep. The vines have closed up both sides, the back and would close up the front if I didn't prune.

I've only got 5 of the vines on the arbor itself, the other three are along the fence further down and one has tried climbing the cable line to the pole. (I have to cut it back each year)

~Chills

    Bookmark   March 17, 2008 at 11:07AM
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