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petenunes
Apr 14, 2018 1:21 PM CST

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Hello. I have grown several Kiwi fruits from seeds and all of the plants that I grew last year had lots of buds on them in the early summer, but sadly all of them fell off. Can anyone shed any light on what might be going on here.

Many thanks
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 14, 2018 7:35 PM CST
Welcome!

When you say buds, do you mean the budding leaves? Or the budding flowers? Could you post some photos?
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Name: kathy
Michigan
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katesflowers
Apr 15, 2018 9:06 AM CST
Welcome !
Do you have a pollinating companion Kiwi plant nearby?
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Philipwonel
Apr 15, 2018 3:14 PM CST
You need 1 male plant to like 4 female plants.
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Apr 15, 2018 3:27 PM CST
My understanding is that kiwi need a lot of water and sun. As the vines grow, you will also need a sturdy support for them to grow on (think wisteria-sturdy).

If the seeds that you sprouted were from market fuzzy type, then yes, you need a pollinator. There is one sure-fire way to tell which you have, but the plant must bloom to be sure. See [url="https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/kiwi/sex-of-kiwi-plants.htm"[/url] for more information.

Now, if you planted seeds from the smooth kiwi about the size of a kumquat, then you have a form of Actinidia arguta. (Look for 'Issai' ) These are self-fertila.

The fruit are referred to as hardy kiwifruit, kiwi berry, arctic kiwi, baby kiwi, dessert kiwi, grape kiwi, northern kiwi, or cocktail kiwi, and are edible, berry- or grape-sized fruit similar to kiwifruit in taste and appearance, but are green, brownish, or purple with smooth skin, sometimes with a red blush. Often sweeter than the kiwifruit, hardy kiwifruit can be eaten whole and do not need to be peeled. Thin-walled, its exterior is smooth and leathery.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 15, 2018 5:42 PM CST
We need to hear back from petenunes. In the UK, it is spring, just like here. So, if the kiwis budded out last summer but lost their leaves and haven't grown back, they could be dead kiwi.

Just a couple clear-ups (I had a friend who was a kiwi farmer - the fuzzy kind). The skin of kiwi is edible but wash off the fuzz. Unless you are out walking the length of the row, then rub it off and eat away. Smiling

Another friend and I both got kiwis from our local nursery. But... friend #2 ended up with two female plants. I was luckier and had one of each. The flowers are quite different - its easy to tell them apart. I tried for years to root a male plant from cuttings but never succeeded (the female rooted by herself, where ever a vine touched the ground).

But, even without a pollinator, Friend #2 had kiwis. They weren't big and plump but she did get kiwis without a pollinator. The years we got our acts together and I took her a blooming branch from my male plant, she got plump kiwis. What we learned is that the more seeds a kiwifruit has, the bigger the fruit. So no pollinator, no seeds, tiny fruit.

Kiwi vines are incredibly heavy. I planted mine on a peeler core fence with wire and it took down the whole fence. Luckily, the kiwi was big enough to partially hold itself up and it also climbed a near by eucalyptus tree. After climbing the tree, it rooted in the creek. You should have seen how big those kiwi were then. Smiling
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Apr 15, 2018 5:57 PM CST
Hmmmmm..... It sounds like you're raising killer kiwi Daisy!

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