Kiwi Help

Panoply76(8)November 7, 2012

Hello All,

First, please take a moment to look at my profile.

I have 2 self pollinating kiwis. My questions are these. Should they be planted now or switched to a larger pot to await Spring. I've read and been told by my local nursery to plant now. Thought I'd see how big a consesnsus I'd get.

Most importantly, do I need to beuild the entirity of the trellis now or will just the center beam be sufficient until Spring?

Is treated wood the best material for a trellis? What about plastics or even metals.

I've read that idealy the trunk should be in shade. Does this imply that kiwi should be planted in the shade? Rceive minimal direct sun? Or...?

Thanks for ANY help given. An answer to one part is more thaan I began with.

~Panoply76/Jeremy

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Plant now.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 4:20PM
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puffie(6)

I think plant now. It's still warm enough in zone 8.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:16PM
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charlieboring

I have never seen a truly self pollinating Kiwi. Be skeptical. You don't need to build the trellis until they start growing in the spring. I would build the trellis as it will need to be when the kiwis are mature. Must be strong. I built mine with 4X4 posts, two 2X6 cross beams on each post and connected them with 3 strands of 12 gage galvanized wire. The posts were secured in the ground 2 feet deep with concrete. The first year the wires drooped from the weight and I had to tighten them when I pruned them back this winter. I did not use a method for anchoring the posts to prevent leaning. That may be an error.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 1:18PM
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louisianagrl(8b/louisiana/mandeville)

How well is your kiwi bearing fruit?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:40AM
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louisianagrl(8b/louisiana/mandeville)

How well is your kiwi bearing fruit?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:42AM
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