[nafex] Answering hardy kiwi question
nave1 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 10 11:19:54 EST 2012
Wow. Sounds like it is quite variable then. I wonder if it is an issue of soil and sunlight or if
it is the cultivar. Apparently, A. Kolomikta cultivars are not identified very rigorously, they
often seem to just say Arctic Kiwi and leave it at that.
(Now I'm really confused. I guess I'll just have to try something, and if it doesn't work out try
it somewhere else...)
On 3/10/2012 8:03 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> Dan Nave asked: "How much space (length and width) has the A. Kolomikta
> taken up?
> What can I expect? Location is 4a or 4b Mpls/St. Paul in Minnesota."
> My A. kolomitka grew twenty feet in two directions, then began growing
> back on itself proceeding to choke itself off.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Fruit Farm
> 4002 Davis Street
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
>> On 3/9/2012 12:35 PM, Caren Kirk wrote:
>>> I find that they don't want to get that wide, perhaps 3-4 feet
>>> maximum, but they really want to keep going up. Mine climbed about 7
>>> feet and would have kept going but ran out of trellis so then they
>>> started getting wider. Going to try and give them about 8-10 feet of
>>> trellis when I move them. Harvesting will not be a problem for me though
>>> as I have easy access from the deck. I currently have them planted at
>>> about 2 feet apart, might bring that down a touch.
>>> There may be better stand-alone trellising/ pruning techniques for them,
>>> I have just followed my gut, and pruned them according to the space I
>>> allocated to them. I am definitely going to try restricting the male to
>>> the benefit of the females( at the moment they all have equal space),
>>> but then my male is very flashy, I really adore its very ornamental foliage.
>>> People have mentioned problems with frost damage in early spring. I am
>>> in Ag Can 4b which I believe is the equivalent of 3b in the US, and have
>>> never had any problem, even in the most yo-yo of springs. I have thrown
>>> a sheet over them at the beginning of October once when I was waiting
>>> for the fruit to finish ripening but that's another story!
>>> Good Luck!
>>> Caren Kirk
>>> St. Jerome, QC
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