[NAFEX] properly hardened off plants

Mike Levine mlevine at umich.edu
Sun Apr 6 23:07:18 EDT 2003


We have frequent late frosts here too.  Can you or anyone else suggest which
varieties are the latest to leaf out?  I'm determined to grow some kiwis
here.

Mike Levine
Ann Arbor, MI
Zone 5b


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Sorensen" <dan.phantom at westpa.net>
To: "Mike Levine" <crunchy at oldweb.com>; "North American Fruit Explorers"
<nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2003 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] properly hardened off plants


> OK then, if they are exposed to anything below 32 degrees it won't matter
> if they're hardened off or not.  Kiwi foliage, especially new growth, will
> freeze below that temperature.  I've found that that's the major problem
> for me with hardy kiwi.  Virtually every year we get frost two or three
> times after the buds break and it always means the vines have to start all
> over again.  I haven't seen any secondary buds with blossoms like
> grapes.  That doesn't mean it doesn't happen, I just haven't seen it
> yet.  Once they get big enough, the upper branches can sometimes protect
> the foliage underneath so I usually get a small crop, but I find it very
> frustrating year after year.
>
> Sorry for your loss.  I know how it feels.
>
> Dan
>
> At 08:11 PM 4/6/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>
> >They were leafed out, but as I said I had them up against the house and
> >under the overhang, which I believe should give them a few more degrees.
> >
> >Mike Levine
> >
> >
>


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