The Q&A Archives: Kiwi Plant

Question: I have a kiwi plant that has been growing for a while, but I don't know if it's a male or female. Is there any way to tell the difference?

Answer: There is a way to tell the difference, but it's easiest if you have flowers of both sexes that you can compare. Male kiwi flowers have tall stamens, consisting of stalks (or filaments), each topped with an anther, covered with pollen. Female flowers have a pistil in the center which is connected to an ovary deep inside the flower. You may have to dissect several flowers to convince yourself of your findings. Try comparing your flower to the drawing in the book "Botany for Gardeners" by Brian Capone, ISBN#0-88192-163-7, published by Timber Press, 9999 S.W. Wilshire, Suite 124, Portland, OR 97225.

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