I've harvested my kiwi for the year and it was very disappointing. Rather than a larger and larger crop, it dwindled considerably. Issai is the only thing that fruited for me this year, even though I got some from Fortyniner, one male (??), and lots from Geneva in past years. Ken's Red and
Codifolia have flowered, but haven't produced any fruit, after 6 and 5 years respectively. Even the Issai only gave me a handful, much less than in past years where it produced multiple quarts.
Here is my whole crop, which doesn't even cover the bottom of a quart basket.
I was pretty sure that some of the other vines had set fruit and it started to size up. Then, all of a sudden (and I wasn't watching it like a hawk, so I'm not sure exactly when- June?), there was nothing. I'm not sure if it was a delayed reaction to the hard April frost or if I let them get too bushy and shaded to ripen fruit.
I know I wasn't able to finish my winter pruning on them, as after I finished Issai and 49er, I went back out a few days later to continue pruning and had to stop almost immediately when I cut off a branch and was greeted with a river of sap...Next time I'll prune earlier- maybe late Feb.
Here's a panoramic, which shows most of the older vines. I've also got another planting on a more suitable trellis structure. This one is just on a series of single wires, most of which are 5-8' tall, with the plants spaced about 10' apart.
Not only are they reaching out to grab the peach trees, but a 2nd male and the 49er have crawled up a tall pine, which is growing to the NW of the kiwis.
Note the vines near the top of the tree.