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Any advice on doing a late summer pruning of some of my Hardy and my Fuzzy Kiwi?  I want to try to grow some cuttings over the fall and think I should have 6 weeks before the first hard frost. 

I am building a misting bench for my shaded greenhouse and have some Vermiculite and Perlite for the media.  I am thinking of doing a mist spray of 5 seconds every 10 minutes for 24 hours a day.

The bench is self draining since it has hardware cloth and landscaping cloth under the media.  I can bring them into the house and put under grow lights before the first heavy frost. 

I will strip all the leaves except one at the top and cut it in half.  I will scrap the bark off around 1/2 inch at the base and apply rooting hormone before sticking the vines into the media. I will use little peat cups to hold the plants and for relocating inside.

Any suggestions? Is this the right approach?
 
 
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My hardy kiwi rooted readily, just didn't survive dormancy, but it's very slow growing here.
 
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I am planning on bringing them in over the winter and planting after it is warm.
 
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Do you get cold enough for a good freeze? The soil can freeze the up to 2.5 ft deep here. You might not have the dormancy issues I have.
 
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Our frost line is maybe 10 to 12 inches but it rarely gets a long duration cold.  Usually 3 to 4 nights below 15F at most.
 
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