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How to Grow Kiwi

February 16, 2012 - GrowOrganic
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Not all kiwis are fuzzy. There’s your fun fruit fact for the day! Hardy kiwi vines, like the Issai kiwi we carry, will produce smooth, not fuzzy, fruit in a range of climates in USDA zones 4-9. Issai is also a convenient vine since it is self-fruitful (meaning it produces both male and female flowers). Want the familiar fuzz? Find those on our tender kiwi vines. Even the tender vines need some winter chill, so they do best in USDA zones 7-9. You’ll need at least one male and one female…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener today I'm going to plant a kiwi vine.

Kiwis are originalilly from Asia but did you know that you can plant one right here in North America in your backyard and one kiwi vine will produce fifty to a hundred pounds of fruit.

Site selection is important you want to put kiwis in full sun but you don't want to plant them in any kind of cold micro climate because even though there hardy down to zone four which is about thirty degrees below zero they can get frost damage after they break dormancy. They must have well drained soil dig a hole the same size as the root system. So were going to put the kiwi in the hole and we don't wanna add any fertilizer. These roots can easily be burned by nitrogen plant the kiwi to the same level it was planted in the nursery. Don't mound up the the soil around the trunk because that can kill the vine Kiwis are vines and their trained and pruned like the Muscadine grapes and if your only planting one like I am make sure its self pollinating. Pergulas or a T bar terrace are the two most popular ways of trellising kiwis but feel free to experiment the only requirement is that your able to get to them to prune easily.

Prune the vine back to a single cane and that's going to be our trunk. Like a grape vine a kiwi vine should be trained with a nice straight trunk. I'm putting in this bamboo stake to help train my little vine don't allow your kiwi to wrap around the stake however. Make sure and give your kiwi fruit a lot of water. Im installing this Olson sprinkler which works great. Your Hardy kiwi vine will produce fuzz-less fruit a little smaller than what you find in the grocery store and if you need to protect it from frost after it breaks dormancy try these Agribon frost blankets and grow organic for life!

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Emilia Says:
May 6th, 2012 at 3:16 am

Hi,
I am from Indonesia and I am interested to grow Kiwi. is it possible that kiwi grow in Indonesia?


Regards,
Emilia

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 8th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Emilia, Kiwi are native to Southeast Asia so they should grow well in Indonesia. We sell the cold-tolerant, hardy kiwi. You could grow the tropical “fuzzy” kiwi.

Here is some detailed information about growing kiwi from Orgeon State University Extension. They discuss both kinds of kiwi http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/pdf/pnw/pnw507.pdf

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