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John Alabarr
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I was able to pick up three hardy Kiwi plants today. Anyone have experience growing them? Any tips. I live near Atlanta, GA. The soil is bright red clay and I have plenty of space to plant them.
 
John Elliott
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What really helps with growing kiwi in the infamous Georgia clay is hoserkultur. Kiwis planted in a few inches of topsoil over a bed of clay are going to just get by at best. They need help to be able to sink their roots. Another way to help them is to companion plant a big, fat taproot like carrot or daikon radish right next to them.

My kiwis just barely got by until I got real aggressive drilling into the clay around their root zone and filling the holes with biochar, wood chips and compost.
 
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Be careful. It's very aggressive if it gets going. We planted too close to the garden 20 years ago and we're still fighting back shoots.
 
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