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Snohomish, Washington
DrReneigh
May 22, 2021 8:44 PM CST
Our Hardy Kiwi plants get hundreds of little fruits on them every year...but they all fall off before they get much larger than the size of my pinkie fingernail. We were told these plants did not need male and female plants, but we bought a male a few years ago. (The original plants are well over 12 years old now.) We have tried extra watering some years, and trimming back the vines to allow more sun to the fruits, but so far haven't had any success in getting any fruits to mature. Any advice to help the little fruits we have this year?
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Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
luis_pr
May 23, 2021 2:37 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, DrReneigh. I looked around and saw that, except for the Issai variety, Actinidia arguta (winter hardy to z3) , Actinidia deliciosa (this one reaches the limit of its winter hardiness in Snohomish's USDA Zone 8a) and Actinidia kolomikta (winter hardy to z4) require a male and female plants:

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I would check which variety of kiwi you are growing in order to confirm if your variety needs a female. If you get the information from paper records, see if you can somehow confirm that the plant was not mislabeled. Or if you know of a female in bloom at the time your plants are also in bloom, you might want to pollinate "manually" to see what happens. I have not tried doing that though.

I assume that you do not have any issues with kiwi pollinators (lack of... if the variety requires male+female), temperatures that go up & down or with cool wet weather sometimes.
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wildshannon
Jun 19, 2021 8:11 PM CST
I have an Actinidia Kolomikta Kiwi vine that is approx. 8 years old. It's in it's 3rd year of not being trimmed back by the goats so now is starting to vine really nice. But I have no clue if I have a male or female. It has never flowered, ever, and I'd like to "breed" it in the future. How do I sex it? I live in zone 3, it's up against the house and evidently likes the spot it is in. Also, can I propagate from vine cuttings? Thanks ~ Shannon in Chickaloon, Alaska
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
luis_pr
Jun 19, 2021 8:32 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, wildshannon. Here is an article that may help you:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

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