Best Time to Plant Kiwi vines?

fireinthevinesAugust 28, 2012

Hello! I have been planning for a kiwi arbor for a few weeks. I decided on hearty kiwi, and ordered a pair of vines for about $10 on Amazon. The posting said they would be shipped dormant in Winter, so I assumed I would be receiving them this winter. Well, duh, they just meant if I purchase them in winter, then they'd come dormant, and that makes sense - NOW, haha. Regardless, I have two kiwi vines on the way and haven't budgeted for my arbor for another two weeks yet.

Can I plant these kiwi this late in the year? They are set to drop leaves in October, right? Should I baby them in the pots until spring, or get them planted right away? I don't want to have to cut ravenous kiwi vines out of my basement before the last frost shows up!

Just in case you're curious, I'm going with a 20" arbor made of 4x4s - 5' for the male, and 15' for the female. My plans also include screw eye hooks and cable, and I have a great diagram for training the vines along it. I'm so excited to get started!

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franktank232(z5 WI)

I would image those kiwis will need a dormant period. If you could get them yet this fall, you could put them in as long as you can get a shovel in the ground...i doubt they will send them in the middle of winter, although who knows... if that would be the case, i would put them in a garage or even refrigerator until you can get them in the soil (as soon as a shovel cna go into the ground)...

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 4:09PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

It sounds like they are shipping them now, so just plant them now. Potted plants can usually be planted year-round, the only downside is if its a hot spell.

Scott

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 9:21AM
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charlieboring

I have three hardy kiwi plants (1 male and two female) that are about 7 years old. I built a T-trellis using 4X4s as the posts and 2X6 cross pieces (2 each per post). I used bolts to secure the cross pieces to the posts. The posts are set in the ground with pre-mix (very easy) and I leveled them before removing the props I used to hold them in place. I used galvanized wire attached to the cross pieces to support the vines.

This is my first year of allow the plants to use the trellis and I did not get blossoms. They look very nice. I am hoping for next year.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 9:48AM
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