[NAFEX] Hardy Kiwi Male

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Tue May 10 06:25:21 EDT 2011


Does anyone have any experience with whether this is true for ALL males,
even seedlings, or just the few commercially available males?

I'm curious whether this trait might be used to ID males and females in a
seedling population. I have 2 that i grew from seed. Both are very vigorous.
Neither have fruited yet.

I also have 2 different males. I think 74-39 and Meader. One is doing much
better than the other. I can't remember which right now.

-matt
z5 se MI

On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ditto our experience, male arguta vines are wimps, finding multiple
> ways to die.  I had one die to rot and another almost killed by a
> gaggle of slugs.
>
> We coddled ours, but once it got established did very well.
>
> Lon (if I remember right) discussed grafting dormant male cuttings
> onto current year growth female vines.  This affords male blooms
> sooner in the kiwi arbor.  And the vine cuttings are not that hard to
> root, so just as we mail order scionwood or other material, we can
> exchange male kiwi vines to root or graft.
>
> Large, old kiwi vines can be cut off at ground level and transplanted,
> so if you know of a male someone no longer wants, can be moved to a
> new location.
>
> Again, the little boys are wimps.
>
> Richard Moyer
> SW VA
> Picking strawberries, grafting pears last eve
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