Kiwi In Containers - Knowledgebase Question

Kittitas, WA
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Question by squattin
April 25, 1999
Do you have any idea whether fuzzy kiwifruits would be candidates for container planting? I just purchased a male & female Actinida Deliciosa and I live in a Zone 4/5 area. I have heard of neighbors planting Clematis in containers and thought I might need to try these plants in containers. Do you have any input on this idea?

Answer from NGA
April 25, 1999
I can think of only a few plants that would not make good container plants. Giant Sequoia is one, and Kiwi is the other! Kiwi vines are so vigorous and so heavy that they need substantial support, even as young plants. It's not unusual for kiwi vines to grow 20' to 30' long in a single season. Your new plants should be planted in the ground, spaced about 15' apart, with an arbor or fence nearby for support. I use 4"X4" lumber as a frame and string 10 gauge wire between the posts. My structure looks like a hefty clothesline. As the kiwis grow they cling to the posts and wrap themselves around the wire. The fruit hangs down for easy harvesting. Expect your plants to begin producing fruit 2-3 years after planting.

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