Fruit grows just like grapes. The decorative vines are covered with lovely white flowers in spring, with a fragrance like Lily-of-the-Valley. The fruit is smooth- skinned and therefore does not require peeling.The fruit averages 5 cm (2 in) in size. Plants should be spaced at least 2 m (6 ft) apart.Collection consists of 3 plants; 2 females and 1 male Kiwi plants, to ensure proper pollination.
1- Shrubs, Trees & Fruit Trees
All “bare root” nursery stock (wrapped in cedar shavings) must be soaked for a minimum of 24 hours upon arrival.
Please “DO NOT” soak “seedling plugs” which are all-ready growing in soil, these should just be watered and transplanted directly into the garden.
Please make sure to read the plant label, it tells you how to handle it!
-Separate cedar packing material from roots and discard, it should not go into planting hole.
-Young trees need ample water to establish, generous waterings 2 times a week for the first two months, three if conditions are very dry.
-Always dig hole large enough so that roots are spread out evenly.
-Plant about 1-2 inches lower than old soil mark on tree or shrub.
-Never let exposed roots dry out in sun or wind.
-Apply light feeding of Fruit Tree and Shrub Fertilizer after initial planting, then every 2-3 weeks after that until late August.
-If you are unable to plant right away, make sure roots are soaking in water and in a cool place.
-On any grafted stock, make sure you cut off any suckers (branches from below graft) that start growing. These occur most often on Apple trees, plums and Roses.
Prune to get the desired shape and height or to check vigorous growth. On spring flowering shrubs, pruning should take place after flowering is completed. Non-flowering shrubs should be pruned during dormant period. On older shrubs it is advisable to cut back the older stems to ground level, while cutting the younger more vigorous stems to half their height. In the case of new shrubs, it is sometimes helpful to prune back the top third after planting, this gives the shrubs roots a better start as they have less to feed and thus can root quicker.
We store all our nursery stock in temperature controlled coolers right up until we ship. When you receive your stock it will just be starting to break dormancy. Soaking of stock is essential in getting the stock off to a good start. In some cases stock may be slow to leaf out. If this happens prune back tree or shrub by 1/3 and water heavily for 10 days. This will encourage stock to root and break dormancy.
Actinidia Arguta. Plant in a location that is protected from strong winds and has a sunny location. Both male and female plants are needed for proper pollination. Space plants 5 – 10 feet apart, further if space is available. When planting the roots make sure the CROWN is at soil level! Kiwis grow very similar to grapes and may be treated the same way. They bear fruit on 2 year old wood, but it usually takes 3 or more years to bring a plant into production. In the first year establish a main stem about 4 – 5 feet high, once it reaches this height pinch the top couple of inches, this will encourage branching. The following seasons you want the plant to branch out laterally. These lateral branches will produce fruiting canes. After a cane bears fruit, remove that cane, this will allow more space for new canes to produce. Fertilize regularly with Fruit Tree & Shrub Fertilizer. For the first winter we suggest you lay the vine down and cover it with leaves. During fruiting periods make sure the vines get ample amount of water, to ensure proper fruit formation.
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