Kiwi plants

charlieboringApril 15, 2013

I just received three kiwi plants that are intended to be planted to run up a soon-to-be completed pergola in Northern VA. The problem is that the pergola will not be ready for about a month. I transplanted them into three 1-gallon pots to wait for completion of the pergola and placed them in a mix sun-shade area. Is this okay?

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If they are small (as they probably are if they came via mail order) this is a good idea. In fact, you might want to grow them out for a year in containers before planting them. Little kiwis are, at least in my experience, pretty fragile, and many people have more luck with their survival if they put some size on them before placing them in their permanent location in the ground. Just try not to let them get root-bound.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 11:18AM
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I agree with Steve. In fact right now I have a large (20") pot growing happily consisting of cuttings I stuck in 4 or 5 yrs back to root as cuttings. I keep it in more shade than my kiwi in ground, but it has thrived and put on lots of growth yearly.

Pam in cinti

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 12:15PM
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Pam, before you move on to another thread!

When did you take your cuttings? I have some argutas I'd like to clone to use as experimental rootstocks (and maybe even a few plants for insurance!).

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 2:47PM
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Steve, I keep a couple large pots scattered thru my yard to use for cutting attempts. The pots are large and I have good soil mixed with chopped leaves and added Soil Moist crystals to help them maintain moisture. The pots are in mostly shaded areas. I found that if I prune kiwi shortly after growth begins and try not to use a too big cutting they usually do take. I'm guessing cuttings should be maybe 1/4" across and 12-18 inches long. I strip bottom leaves and jam it into the soil. Just be sure to put boys and girls in separate pots. I tried using a divider to keep them separate and some local critter removed the divider, Plants have flourished several years in pot but until they flower (likely this year) I can't tell which is which. I have had some flower in pots before so I know it is possible.


Pam in cinti

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 12:04PM
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So you're using green wood for the cuttings?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:45PM
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