Growing Kiwi - Knowledgebase Question

Milton, FL
Question by EZELLN1
March 21, 1998
I have several different varieties of kiwi that I have had for more than five years. Some of the plants have died. The ones that remain keep trying to take over everything. I have never seen any blooms. Is there anyway to tell if my plants are male plants, or do I just need to order another male and female?


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Answer from NGA
March 21, 1998

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as females. Major pruning of males is undertaken immediately after flowering, when flowering arms are cut back to new growth near the leader. Cut them back to 20 to 24 inches In July if necessary and again if necessary and again to 30 inches in August and September. The male plant is a rampant grower.

Train each vine to a single trunk about six feet high where it is headed so that two arms or cordons develop from the trunk along the center af a support. Keep the vine from wrapping itself around the supports and wire by keeping it tied off.

Insects can greatly enhance the ability of Kiwi to bear fruit. Encourage bees andbutterflies in your growing area. Females flowers don't attract insects, but insects love male pollen and will enter female flowers in search. Fruit size is as dependent on good seed pollination as it is on soil conditions and fertilization.



as females. Major pruning of males is undertaken immediately after flowering, when flowering arms are cut back to new growth near the leader. Cut them back to 20 to 24 inches In July if necessary and again if necessary and again to 30 inches in August and September. The male plant is a rampant grower.

Train each vine to a single trunk about six feet high where it is headed so that two arms or cordons develop from the trunk along the center af a support. Keep the vine from wrapping itself around the supports and wire by keeping it tied off.

Insects can greatly enhance the ability of Kiwi to bear fruit. Encourage bees andbutterflies in your growing area. Females flowers don't attract insects, but insects love male pollen and will enter female flowers in search. Fruit size is as dependent on good seed pollination as it is on soil conditions and fertilization.



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