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Question: I purchased male and female arctic kiwi plants this summer. The vines have grown up each end of a trellis but did not meet in the middle to touch. I'm not sure if I am suppose to cut them back this fall or leave them alone. I assume that they may produce fruit next summer. They seem to have some sort of fugus on the bottom leaves of the plants, but not at the mid to top (5-6ft). I have no info other than the tag that was on the label of the plants. Some insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer: Lisa,

I would not worry about treating any fungus is on the leaves of that plant. It is not prone to pest or disease problems and a few fungal spots here and there is of no real concern. This first year you probably don't need to worry about pruning that Arctic Kiwi. In the future in the new shoots back to a few buds as fruits are formed on second year wood and also on fruit spurs on older wood. Pruning is best done in the winter.

The following website provides information on pruning party Kiwi. Although it is from New York the information on how the plant grows in fruits is still useful.

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