Growing Kiwiberry

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Growing kiwiberry

Kiwiberry plants need a well drained soil and much water for growth. Their growth is vigorous under temperate conditions and they need to be trained along a support structure. In Europe and the United States, a T-bar support structure is most often employed.

Regular pruning is essential for obtaining high yields. This includes form pruning, as well as summer and winter pruning. Pruning methods differ for male and female plants. Competition with weeds should be avoided and care must be taken that the plantation is sheltered from strong winds, which can damage the new season’s growth.

Dormant buds are resistant to winter frosts of up to at least -25°C. Bursting buds, young branches and flowers are increasingly more susceptible to frost damage and might have to be protected when spring frosts occur.

In Europe, only a few pests attack kiwiberry, most of which can be avoided by following simple hygiene practices and taking preventive measures. Cats can cause severe damage, as they are attracted to a component secreted by the vines. They can be kept away by fencing the young plants. Kiwiberry viral, bacterial and fungal diseases are relatively rare.