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Tips for planting hardy kiwi Issai (Actinidia arguta)

 
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I'm in USDA zone 8b and am planning on transplanting kiwi Issai (Actinidia arguta)

These are very prolific berry sized kiwis and I'm wondering how sturdy of a trellis do I need to support these plants?

How long until they are hardy enough to survive the cold, 8b is probably pushing it a little.

I don't think my soil is very acidic, what amendments would you suggest for this plant?
 
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 8b is fine for cold hardy kiwi. A freeze after bud break in spring can cause a little damage, not too bad.   You will need a stout trellis.  I used cattle panels. these put on a LOT of foliage.
Do not fertilize the plants much, just a little compost is good for massive crops. I would test your soil PH.   Mine is slightly acidic, kiwi just don't like alkaline soil.
prune them back every winter to a few buds on each spur like you do with muscadine grapes.
 
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My hardy kiwis have seemed to really like well draining soil, and didn't care for soil that stayed too wet for very long.

I haven't grown the variety Issai, but I've heard that it is a little more less vigorous/dwarf than most other hardy kiwis.

I'm experimenting with growing them up trees as a trellis, still in the early phases of experimentation.
 
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