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arbor size for hardy kiwi

Posted by alexander3 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 16, 08 at 0:19

I have a male and female hardy kiwi (A. arguta) in pots, and plan to plant them in the ground this season. I'm thinking about building a hexagonal arbor with two or three benches underneath. It would be 8 or 10 feet across. Would such a structure be large enough to accommodate both vines? I've read several times how vigorous these vines are, but don't really have a good feel for how much space they take.

The other option is a T-bar trellis along a fence. It's 25 feet long with a 4 foot gate in the middle, so each vine would get about 10 feet of trellis. That site gets a bit less sun and is more protected from wind.
I'm in zone 6 in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Alex


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RE: arbor size for hardy kiwi

Alex,
I've been searching for the same answer. I have a kiwi vine planted next to my neighbor fence, and just got a male kiwi as well.
I'm still deciding on what I need. I asked the same question in a different forum and I received some ideas.
I'm in the Lehigh valley also.
Bass

Here is a link that might be useful: Grape and kiwi trellis


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RE: arbor size for hardy kiwi

  • Posted by chills Zone 6b Mi (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 16, 08 at 21:04

My kiwi arbor is probably a little small (I have 8 kiwi's around it) but it is 2 feet deep, 8 feet long and 6+ feet high.

As you can see my arbor is located against a wooden fence and I wish I had a more recent picture, this one is about 4 years old about now.

Arbor, kiwi

~Chills


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RE: arbor size for hardy kiwi

Bass,

Thanks for the link!

Chills,

8 vines must really turn your arbor into quite a mass of leaves! Are you getting fruit yet?

Alex


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RE: arbor size for hardy kiwi

  • Posted by chills Zone 6b Mi (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 17, 08 at 11:07

My males have bloomed, but my females haven't, so no fruit yet.

The shade within the arbor is pretty deep. The vines have closed up both sides, the back and would close up the front if I didn't prune.

I've only got 5 of the vines on the arbor itself, the other three are along the fence further down and one has tried climbing the cable line to the pole. (I have to cut it back each year)

~Chills


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