Moving A Kiwi - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by yoders
October 2, 1998
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 from NGA
October 2, 1998
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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