I purchased a potted Kiwi vine this spring and planted it at the base of a 20-foot ladder trellis. The pot contained both a male and a female plant (the female has 1 fruit). Since planting, one shoot of the female has grown about three feet, happily winding up the trellis. No other shoots, female or male, have grown, however, and they have no growth buds. I have tried to do some reading about pruning Kiwi, but I am overwhelmed with the info and not experienced with fruit or vines. I know I don’t want to encourage new growth this late in the season (I am zone 4), but should I prune down the vigorous shoot? Does anyone have any experience with pruning Kiwi, either as a fruit-producer or as an ornamental?
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.