[nafex] Growing hardy kiwis - multiple varieties: same hole?

Scott Smith scott at cs.jhu.edu
Sun Mar 4 15:56:52 EST 2012

Steve, the main thing about growing kiwis close together is to allocate space for each one.  I wouldn't recommend growing up a tree, it will be hard to harvest and if its gets out of hand your only recourse is to chop it down.  It also won't get any sun under a big oak.  My recommendation is build say a 10' trellis and put the male 1' from one end and the female 4' from the other.  Let the female take up 8' of the trellis and the male 2'.  Cut back brutally if they cross.  There is no reason to have a male take up any more than 2', that is plenty of flowers.  You need to hedge them at least twice per summer and prune way back in the winter like grape pruning.


On Mar 4, 2012, at 2:19 PM, Steven Covacci wrote:

> In order to save space, is it ok to plant both the fruiting female hardy kiwi along with the male pollinator in the same hole; or will only one (likely the male) thrive and, eventually, displace the female?  
> As an alternative, is it ok to plant the vines, each, 10 feet away from a tree - both being on polar-opposite ends from each other, so that they both head for the tree (coming from opposite directions) and then meet up when the climb the tree.  I have a huge oak tree with all the lower limbs cut down, so the tree would be a good nature trellis/host for the 2 vines.  Or would still, one out-compete the other?  If so, I would think the vine would still live, as the first 10-feet (before the tree ascent) would be free of mutual competition.
> Thank you,
> Steve; NJ
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