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Hardy Kiwi Gardening Guide

How to Plant Hardy Kiwi

Upon arrival, check containers for moisture, if not moist to the touch, add water and allow the containers to drain. If you are not ready to plant, keep plants in a semi-shaded and protected area. Do try and plant as soon as possible, the sooner in the ground, the sooner roots will be made. Until planting, keep the soil moist to the touch; do not allow the containers to dry out.

When planting, dig the hole at least 11/2 to 2 times the size of the container. Planting height is important, attempt to set the plant in the hole at the exact depth of the soil in the pot, it’s better to be a 1/2 high, than a 1/2 low. When you back-fill the hole, if your soil is good, use that soil, but if you feel your soil can be improved, back-fill with a good organic soil or compost. If your soil tends to dry out, you can add a little peat moss, if your soil is moist, a little sand can be added.

Caring For Hardy Kiwi

The first year is a year to make roots; growth will be slow as plant becomes established. Fertilizer can be supplied as compost applied as a top dress that will provide all the nutrition needed. If you feel plants are off-color, use an organic liquid fertilizer.

Kiwi benefit from having their roots mulched, it provides a more constant soil temperature for the roots to grow. Mulch can be bark or compost.

Kiwis prefer a good root zone soaking rather than daily misting. Soil being moist to the touch is a good indicator. In winter, protect the root zone with a good application of at least 4-6" of mulch or compost. Winter is the best time to prune, follow the same schedule and technique as for a grape vine. The female needs precise accurate pruning; the male can be pruned with less discipline.

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  • If the best looking melons in the garden had little or no flavor last summer, the problem may be the variety planted. Some melon types do better in a region than others and only trial and error or an experienced local gardener or county extension agent can guide you.

    Occasionally the problem is the soil. It may lack sufficient nutrients or the pH can be too low. Dig in compost or rotted manure before planting. Melons do best in neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Have your soil tested and if the pH is below 6.5, amend with lime. Sometimes a lot of rain near the time of harvest will dilute the sugar in melons affecting taste. Watermelons will regain their sugars if you hold off harvesting for a few days. Cantaloupes will not.