Kiwifruit grower Sid Desborough is pruning one of his pergola-supported vines. Kiwifruit are increasingly grown on pergola frames – although more expensive to build than T-bar structures, they help produce better-quality fruit. Vines form a canopy over the pergola and the fruit hangs down. Steel is beginning to be used in place of timber frames.
Greedy scale insects
Greedy scale is a common pest of kiwifruit and its presence can stop exports. The soft-bodied female (the yellow lumps) attaches herself to the vine by her mouthparts then spins a hard, grey-brown covering over her body. Juveniles are mobile and crawl over the vine and fruit, although some may attach themselves to the plant near their mother.
Vines in winter