Trellising

Kiwifruit require a trellis or other support structure. Set trellis posts 10 feet apart. Trellis wire should have 300 pounds of tension. Kiwifruit trellises are usually in the shape of a T, with the cross-arm about 7 feet off the ground and about seven wires across the 5-foot-long cross-arm. Train the main cane up the pole to the height of the cross-arm, then train arms along the center wire. Laterals grow from these arms and can be tied to the outside wires. (Fastening them will help keep them from breaking off, especially on windy sites.) The fruit hang down through the trellis wires, where they are easy to harvest.

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