[nafex] Answering hardy kiwi question

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 07:26:37 EDT 2012


Dan, I think any woody plant will size up very differently based on
just a few factors ;) such as: texture of soil, water availability,
amount of light, length of day, length of growing season, heat, cold,
wind, nutrients in soil, competition from other plants, mulch
thickness, etc.

I also think that *vines* are especially variable, becuase they tend
to grow quickly and much longer per year than a tree. I think a
grapevine is probably capable of growing 30 feet in a year, if given
the right conditions. (a Vanessa vine that I planted last spring at my
sister's house in exceptional soil put out six 12-15 foot vines the
FIRST season it was in the ground.) And a grape that doesn't like
where it's at might only grow a couple feet a year. I can't think of a
tree that is that variable.

-matt
z5 se MI

On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM, Dan Nave <nave1 at comcast.net> wrote:
> 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...)
>
> Dan
>


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