The Q&A Archives: Moving A Kiwi

Question: I would like to move my kiwi plants because their vigorous gowth gets into the electrical and phone wires. When is the best time to move them? Spring or fall?

Answer: I would transplant them in the early fall rather than the spring so blossom set and fruit production is interfered with as little as possible. Be sure to put them in a spot similar to the one they have been thriving in, and keep them well watered after transplant. Remember, transplanting can always result in the plants being "set back" for a season or two. It is a good idea to add some organic matter such as compost or composted cow manure as well as 1 cup of bone meal to the new planting hole. This will get root development off to a great start and provide a fertile growing environment. Give your kiwi a little TLC next spring in the form of fertilizer. Feed the kiwi vines a balanced fertilizer (e.g. 6-6-6, 100% organic) in small quantities 3-4 times from April to August for the first year. Spread about 2 oz. of fertilizer over a 2 sq. yd. area on the soil around each plant each time you fertilize. Increase the amount of fertilizer by 2 oz. each year.

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