How to Make a Trellis Support for a Kiwi Vine

Overview

Kiwi fruit is grown commercially in New Zealand and Southeast Asia, and those areas have exported it since the 1950s. Also known as the gooseberry, currently kiwis are grown worldwide because there is a variety for almost every climate. It is one of the easier crops to grow at home with a trellis and correct growing conditions. The nutritious fruit provides vitamin C, potassium, lutein, vitamin E and fiber. When growing kiwi, it is important support the vine on a trellis.

Step 1

Prepare the posts to create a the main structure of the T-bar trellis system. Place a post on the ground and then lay one of the wooden boards flush across the top of the post to form a T, making sure the pieces are even and straight. Drill four, 1/4-inch holes in a square pattern through each post and wooden board. Repeat this procedure with the other posts and boards.

Step 2

Slip a washer into one of the carriage bolts. Insert the bolt through one of the post/board holes, then place an additional washer on the end and thread a nut onto the bolt. Tighten with the wrench. Repeat this procedure for the rest of the bolts on the rest of the T-bar structures.

Step 3

Nail five or six fencing staples on top of each T-bar. Space them equally apart and make sure to leave enough space so the trellis wire can thread through the staple.

Step 4

Dig the hole for the T-bar right next to the kiwi plant, using a shovel to create a hole the diameter of the post and 1 1/2 to 2 feet deep. You want it to be a snug fit. Space multiple posts 15 feet apart.

Step 5

Insert one of the T-bars into the hole and align it with the direction you want the wire to run, primarily to face the kiwi vine. Repeat this procedure for the other T-bars (you need two for one vine).

Step 6

Run the a length of the wire from the top of the first T-bar to the second. Thread the wire's end through one of the staples on the top and wrap 3 to 4 inches of the wire around it to secure it. You will use three pieces of wire in all, one down the center and the other two on the top and bottom.

Step 7

Repeat Step 6 with the center wire and again with the bottom wire. Pull the wire as tight as possible. Cut off any extra wire. Use a hammer to push the staples down on to the wire to hold it securely.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy duty work gloves Three 8-foot-long wooden posts, 4 inches in diameter Three 5-foot-long wooden boards, 4 inches in diameter Electric drill with 1/4-inch drill bit 7-inch carriage bolts, washers and nuts Wench Fencing staples Shovel Heavy-gauge picture wire Hammer Wire cutters

References

  • National Gardening Association: Kiwi
  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Kiwifruit
  • Ohio State University: Kiwifruit and Hardy Kiwi
  • New World Geek: Kiwi Trellis
Keywords: kiwi trellis support, supporting kiwi vines, making a trellis

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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.