I am wondering what to do with my very old Kiwi trees. They are breaking down the trellis, including the posts. I need to rebuild the trellis. The canopy is huge. Could I just cut off all the canopy? Maybe leave a few newer branches? I really don't want to kill them. They are probably 30+ years old. I don't even like Kiwi, but I like the vine, so I'm trying to figure out what to do. They are totally breaking down the old trellis including the posts. The trunks are about 6 inches in diameter. They branch out at about 3 and a half or 4 feet off the ground. I have no idea which is the male and which is the female. They are all intertwined. What to do!!?? Thanks for your help.
Old Kiwi Breaking Down Trellis
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
A tangled Kiwi Vine can be quite an undertaking.
You may need to first prune out all dead material.
You can assemble a trellis system outside of the existing perimeter and then remove the broken trellis.
Here is a link with more information.