Hardy Red Kiwi Plantings

Asked June 8, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

I bought a female and male hardy red kiwi plant. What is a good way to train the vine to go up a wooden shaft with such delicate young shoots? They seem to want to go up smaller diameter plants near by that will die off this fall, but don't want to go up the treated 2X2 wood stakes I put up for them.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

“The main objective during the planting year is to develop a single, straight trunk.” In other words, gently secure the vine to the stake instead of allowing it to twine on its own. To do so, use soft wide ties to gently secure the vine as it extends up the stake. See Growing Kiwifruit for text and diagrams explaining how to train the vines. http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/20677/pnw507.pdf