cocktail kiwi (Issai) leaf curl and brown spots

REMF33REMF33 Posts: 33
Hello

I fairly recently bought a cocktail kiwi plant and it went in the ground about two weeks ago. I just noticed that its upper leaves are curling and there are some little holes and brown pigmentation on other leaves. Any suggestions? I didn't plant it out as quickly as would have been ideal. It was planted with a few handfuls of fresh potting compost. 



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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,833
    Hail damage?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 33
    I don't think so. But lots or rain and wind in south London this week.
  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 33
    It looks even worse a couple of months on :( I fear it's dying.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,833
    edited 13 August
    Any chance of a photo as it is now?  If more damage, it may now be more evident as to the cause.  Looking back at the originals, there may be leaf miners or other small pests.  I also recently discovered that some Actinidia species are attractive to cats (in the same way catnip is) so if the damage looks physical (like leaves being bitten or clawed), that is another possibility:https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/cat-tastic-kiwi/

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Hi REMF33,
    I too am trying to get this vine established. I have 2 - 1 in my allotment and 1 in my front garden. Both of them are looking quite ragged, with the one in my front garden having brown-edged leaves. I'm thinking this is likely due to me not watering enough as the plant is establishing and that it will eventually find its feet as we go into Autumn. It's been very hot, dry and windy here of late so I think it's had its work cut out :-) I gather other vines - eg. passiflora - can look a bit ragged until they get going.  Please keep us updated and I will do the same.
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