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Anybody have thoughts on what might be wrong with this kiwi?  The leaves started yellowing from the base of the plant, then falling off.  I still have nice green growth at the tips, but the rest of the vines are bare at this point.  There is another kiwi about 15 feet away that doesn't seem to be having any issues at all.  I will say that I try to water as little as possible, and this has been a pretty dry year, but this kiwi has received to less water than the rest of the garden and seems to be the only plant in this situation.  
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Is it in a sunnier spot by any chance? Some of my kiwis seemed to be a little sensitive to full sunlight when I first planted them, but others seemed ok with it.
 
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It could be sunnier by about 3 minutes a day :)  They get direct morning sun, and by the afternoon they are both in the shade.  Of the two, this was the one that took off first.  If you had asked me in June which of the two was more likely to make it, I would have said this one.  This is the first full year for them in the ground (planted last season), and it put on a ton of new growth but is petering out now towards the end of the year.  
 
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Is that the Issai hybrid cultivar, if so mines did the same thing.

I wonder if your location in New Hampshire has a first frost date of Septermber 15th.
In my location my first frost date is October 15th a full month later, so it could just be that things happen earlier at your location than mines.
 
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Yeah, we're creeping up on frost pretty quick.  Mid-September is the estimate for my area, although I don't think it will be that soon this year.  I will be interested to see if the other one starts to go through something similar, since it has followed a few weeks behind all along.  On a side note - the amount of growth they DID put on this year has me thinking they may overwhelm that garden in the future.  I need to do some more research on how to handle them over the long term.
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