|1. DORMANT SEASON, BEFORE PRUNING
During the winter, with enough chilling hours, the vines
go dormant. Chilling hours necessary for adequate dormancy
are those hours when temperatures are below 45 degrees F.
Kiwifruit needs approximately 850 hours below 45 degrees F
for proper dormancy. It is after the vines go dormant that
they are ready to be pruned.
|2. EMPLOYEES PRUNING
The way the vines are pruned will influence the next crop's
yield in regard to both the number of pieces of the fruit that
set and the size of that fruit.
|3. FIRST GROWTH
As winter turns to spring, the warmer awakens the dormant
kiwifruit vines which have slept the cold winter months away.
From the stick-like, barren vines appear little green buds
which open to reveal an abundance of lush green leaves.
With the warmer weather in May, the thick greenery
is accompanied by many little flowers. The flowers of the
female plants, once pollinated, will grow into the
fuzzy-skinned, tasty kiwifruit.
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