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

Hector Black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Sun Mar 4 16:47:28 EST 2012


I tried growing them up a tree and concur with you Scott. Also agree -  keep 
the males cut back.  Hector Black zone 6 middle tn
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Smith" <scott at cs.jhu.edu>
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Subject: Re: [nafex] Growing hardy kiwis - multiple varieties: same hole?


> 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.
>
> Scott
>
> 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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