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Kiwi and Freezing Temps ! - Greenhouse Plastic

 
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I've added some greenhouse plastic over my new kiwi buds.
Its supposed to be under freezing for 12+ hours tomorrow with most of those hours in the 20s.

I'm adding a propane heater also to raise the temperature in there.








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A propane heater and heatlamp inside the tent kept them safe through many hours of low 20s.  

Today I noticed flower buds.  The Kiwi vines are 3 Years old.
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Kiwi Leaves lived through the low temps
Kiwi Leaves lived through the low temps
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Kiwi Flower Buds
Kiwi Flower Buds
 
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Your kiwi vines look beautiful! So strong and healthy! You said they are 3 years old. Will you get fruit this year? Can you tell us what kind of kiwi they are. I was thinking about getting some kiwi. I've read there are a few that are cold hardy that would do well in my zone 8b. Doesn't spring just put a great big smile on your face. My peas are now sprouting ... and I can't stop smiling!!
 
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Thanks for the kind comments !  I'm really enjoying growing these.    

They had flower buds last year ( at 2yrs old )  but a late frost killed them.   I might have gone a little overboard on the amount I spent to protect them from the frost this year, but this has been a fun experiment for me and I'll get to use the plastic over and over.    I'm in zone 7B-8A.

These are not the cold hardy kiwi.   I think they are Actinidia chinensis.   8B should be perfect for the fuzzy kiwi !  

I know growing from the seeds may get something different than the parent so we'll have to see .   :)      I dont know which ones are male and which ones are female yet.   I'm hoping that I get fruit this year.  It looks like there may be thousands of flower buds on the vines and not all of the leaf buds are open.     If I get fruit this year, I'll try to root some cuttings of the best ones.  











 
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