Proper pruning during the establishment years is necessary to establish a well-formed permanent framework for the vine. Developing or training young kiwifruit vines into a bilateral cordon allows for easier management when the plants are mature. Kiwifruit produce a crop on shoots that grow from 1-year-old canes (last year's growth). In the first few years, you train vines the same way for both the pergola and the T-bar system.
Prune dormant kiwivines in late December to late January in the Pacific Northwest. Later pruning may cause excessive sap flow.
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