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  • From: "Matt Demmon" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] blueberries, kiwis, grapes, deer
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:45:51 -0400

I know I'm a little late, way behind in my email reading, but I just wanted to point out some things about my limited experience with kiwis:

Deer have not munched ours at all, however deer pressure is light so far in our area and they are near the house and hence our two large dogs. However, it is imperative that you protect them from rabbits when they are young, ours were continually clipped in the winter and young new growth in the summer. A small tube of hardware cloth about 2 feet high is all you need. That's all, hope it helps.

zone 5
se michigan

On Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 4:09 PM, Melissa Kacalanos <> wrote:

We'd like to plant hardy kiwi vines ASAP, since they
apparently take years to get old enough to fruit. Do
deer eat the vines? In that case, we shouldn't plant
them until after the deer fence goes up. Also, any
recommendations for how to build a trellis for them? I
understand that they need a lot of support, but what
does that mean exactly in terms of materials and

I had an idea to make our deer fence less ugly by
growing vines on it, for example, kiwis and grapes,
but this would only work if the deer don't eat them.

Any advice would be appreciated.

zone 5, Ithaca, NY

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