The Q&A Archives: Kiwi

Question: We have lovely huge kiwi (2 females and 1 male) They are now 6 years old and have never flowered or fruited. Neither the gardening centers or the cooperative extensions have any idea why. Most of the gardenig centers suggested cutting them down because they're too much trouble. That was a big help! I am determined. Any ideas?

Answer: Kiwi can take a few years to get started, so don't give up yet! Kiwis appreciate full sunshine, moderate water, rich soil, and regular fertilizing. Some varieties of kiwi require a winter chill before they'll set fruit, others are happy with a mild winter. Kiwis produce fruit on old wood, so if you're pruning your plants too hard, they won't fruit. Prune to keep the kiwi vines within bounds, but cut back carefully, leaving 3-7 buds on the vine. These buds will produce fruit the following year. Kiwi are terrific landscape plants; no diseases or insect problems, lots of lush green growth. Give them another year and some careful pruning - you're sure to have fruit next season!

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