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Question: kiwi and strawberry grapes

a quick quick question… kiwis and table grapes for a single pergola can go ???


Answer: kiwi and strawberry grapes

Dear Alessandro,

if the intention is to pick up the branches of the two plants on the same pergola, but placing them close to home, they can safely share the space without problems; in fact, these are two plants that love a fairly similar climate and humidity, and therefore also the cultivation treatments are similar; however, consider that if you want to eat kiwis tomorrow, one plant is not enough, because you will have to plant at least one male and one female, or otherwise no fruit. I hope, however, that the pergola is large and spacious, because actinidia chinensis and Vitis labrusca are among the most vigorous climbing plants and each single year of development can produce several meters of vegetation, and therefore the pergola will be put to the test. The vegetation of the two plants is also in my opinion "combinable", in the sense that the foliage is large and shiny and pleasant in both cases. I remind you that both the kiwis and the vines must be able to enjoy at least a few hours of direct sunlight, and for excellent development and good fruit production, it is advisable to water regularly during the warm months, in order to always allow the soil to dry well between two consecutive waterings. Diseases and pests should not be much thought, because kiwis and strawberry grapes are not easily affected by most of the parasites that typically affect wine vines, and therefore the treatments to be provided will also be reduced. Pay particular attention to the pruning of these two climbers, because it is good to make sure that the vegetative development does not have the upper hand on the fruit production; if, on the other hand, you don't want to produce many fruits, you can also cut only the intertwined branches, or those that tend to come out of the pergola, in order to produce a denser and more compact vegetation, which guarantees excellent shade under the pergola. Of course, it depends on what your intentions are: if you want to prepare a pergola in the home garden, as a refreshment from the summer heat; or if you intend to prepare an entire orchard cultivated with a pergola. However, consider that strawberry grapes do not like strongly calcareous soils, and prefer a fairly low pH, and therefore benefit from periodic fertilizations with chelated iron.

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