[NAFEX] properly hardened off plants

Dan Sorensen dan.phantom at westpa.net
Sun Apr 6 21:18:32 EDT 2003

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.


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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