Dustin Rhodes wrote:Not sure, but you might have problems with the bees choosing to use a non-natural material to make their home in - could be something about the chemistry of the plastic, or the smoothness of the interior walls, they might not like it - testing may be in order?
You also have to account for solar degradation.
Mike Jay wrote:I heard a neat idea. Since hardy kiwi's need a sturdy trellis, and trelli take up room, put the female kiwis on trellises (trilli?) and let the males climb up a tree you don't care about (spruce, etc). The bees don't care and you don't need to pick it so why build a trellis for the male kiwis.
Side note, my kiwis are about 9' tall and growing strongly. But they seem to be pretty light weight. I read that they need huge and sturdy trellises. Do they really need to be sturdy or just big? I have some cuttings so I hope to start several more this year.
I agree Dillon, I got my first fruit last year and they seemed like a no brainer. Big enough to make picking worthwhile, no fuzzy skin to work around and they taste great. You think everyone would want one in their back yard...
Trace Oswald wrote:I planted 3 hardy kiwi here in my heavy clay 4 years ago. They are alive, but the largest is less than a foot tall. They have been snipped off by rabbits in the winter twice but have never grown more than 6 inches or so in a summer.
Tj Jefferson wrote:Kevin,
I love gooseberries! Our climate is pretty similar, although I don't think we reach 100F most summers. Ribes are not going to be impressed with -10F that is nothing for them. The heat is a stress.
I've been propagating two cultivars pixwell and captivator. The Captivators do well in clay (since that is all we have). They will take a couple years to get going. The main issue here has been moisture. They need good moisture the first year or two, and a summer drought makes them lose their foliage and a few died. The second year they had much more growth. The other issue I had was that they are a major japanese beetle forage, and recovered very poorly from it. I put in some bluebird houses and quit mowing short and they did much better. They are in a mix of sun and shade, and doing fine either, but they have pretty thick mulch in the sun.
The Invicta gooseberries had some mildew, new last year too early to propagate. They are a newer one i am trying. Pixwell did not do well but I am trying it in some other places. The clear winner so far is captivator.