Vegetables and Fruit forum: Hardy kiwi...how hardy

Views: 169, Replies: 1 » Jump to the end
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies
Image
UrbanWild
Feb 22, 2017 9:10 AM CST
I have 2 hardy kiwi about 8-10" long. While I want to plant them in pots and have them sprawl across a porch railing, we are not yet free from possibility of frost. How well do shoots stand up to frost...any ability?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers
Phenolic
Feb 23, 2017 6:43 PM CST
I would wait until there is no more chance of frost to set them out, as I have heard hardy kiwis are easily damaged by late frosts.

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/m...

Edit: The problem with hardy kiwis isn't how cold hardy the plant is, but more that they evolved in climates with more predictable temperature transitions than experienced in North America. Some species of kiwi tolerate Siberian winters, but will not tolerate cold snaps in spring in Southern Canada or the US North East.
[Last edited by Phenolic - Feb 23, 2017 6:50 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1376830 (2)

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Vegetables and Fruit forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Tulips"