[nafex] Planting hardy kiwis

Scott Smith scott at cs.jhu.edu
Thu Aug 30 13:36:56 EDT 2012

I have kiwis planted very close and it is indeed difficult to sort out who is who.  What I do is do the "sorting" in the winter when I can see where the leafless vines are coming from, giving each kiwi an exclusive zone on the trellis.  In the summer I just hedge them with hedge trimmers and don't pay attention to which vine I am pruning (except I do try to butcher my males right after bloom is over).  

In the long run they will fill in any space so the only reason to have multiple females is to try multiple varieties and/or to get more fruit before they fill in.  

Make sure you have at least 5' of row-feet per plant to make things more manageable.  So the number of kiwis depends on how big the pergola is.

Kiwis grow very fast and I would not put grapes on the same structure.   I have enough problems keeping the kiwis off my grapes the next row over.


On Aug 29, 2012, at 11:44 PM, Dan Nave wrote:

> I'm no expert, but that sounds like a bad idea to me.  What if your male is more vigorous?  How are 
> you going to tell which is which if you need to prune?  At least, if they are planted in separate 
> holes, you can follow the vines up from the ground.  But, that's just my opinion without actually 
> having tried it...
> Dan
> On 8/29/2012 4:12 PM, Caren Kirk wrote:
>>   This spring I dug up my male and female A. Kolomikta to extend my
>> deck. They have been doing fine in large pots through the exceptionally
>> hot summer, and now I am ready to re-plant them next to my brand new
>> pergola.
>> As I am always greedy to have more fruit, I started thinking that maybe
>> it could support more plants. Has anyone tried plating more than one
>> hardy kiwi in the same hole? I was thinking maybe 2  per trellis post
>> (i.e. a male and female in one hole and 2 females in the other).
>> Do you think there will be problems with one overtaking the other?
>> I was also contemplating having half of the pergola for kiwi and the
>> other half for a grape vine. Would one be too vigorous at the expense of
>> the other? Is a blue "Concorde" type grape over a wood deck a bad idea?
>> Caren Kirk
>> St. Jerome, QC, where my poor fruit trees and shrubs have been sorely
>> neglected this year
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