Hardy Kiwi Propagation

charlieboringJune 19, 2014

I recently promised an individual through the plant exchange forum to trade some anna hardy kiwi cuttings from my three vines that are now producing fruit. After reading about the difficulty of propogating hardwood kiwi cuttings, I decided to try to propagate them from soft cuttings taken this year. I first tried airlayering; all five attempts failed. I am now trying ground layering. I place a brick over the soil-covered branch to hold it down, but I believe that the brick heats up the souild and has killed the branch. I have three green cuttings that I planted in a pot that still have a shot, but I am not hopeful. Any suggestions?

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


I found this article on Kiwi propagation. Hope it helps.


Here is a link that might be useful: Kiwi Propagation

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 2:11PM
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I stuck some dormant season prunings in the ground this winter not really thinking (or especially even wanting) that they would grow, but they leafed out a couple months ago and they're still alive now, so they must have rooted.

Regular (ground) layering is how I've propagated hardy kiwis when I've wanted to. If you're going to use a brick I wouldn't put it directly on top of the vine, but I'd dig a shallow trench, bury a middle section of the branch with the dirt I dug out, and then put the brick/weight on top of that to hold everything down. So far as I can remember I've had 100% success layering hardy kiwis like that, although I've mostly given the process a full growing season. It sure seems like the easiest way to propagate a few extra vines.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 4:30PM
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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

Last June, I had success in rooting cuttings. About half took. I used my usual potting mix (a combination of leaf compost, pine bark, and perlite) and kept them moist and out of direct sun for several weeks.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 11:35PM
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