David Livingston wrote:Are you sure you need a male plant ?
Here in France you can buy two types of Kiwi
On gives very small gooseberry size fruit and does not need seperate male and female plants the other gives large fruit and you need one male to about 6 female plants .
Judith Browning wrote:I brought back cuttings from a prolific hardy kiwi in west virginia. I rooted them and they grew well but between deer eating them and early leaf out then a freeze I havent had any luck with fruit. I bought a male plant because I was sure the cuttings were female. I am zone 6b/7a...I think they bud up too early here but I keep pruning and hoping. They were a tastey thumb sized smooth skin fruit but I don't know the variety. Our soil is naturally on the acidic side. If ours survive I am going to make more cuttings and try some in a different location...less sun and more protected from a late freeze.
William Bronson wrote:Great feedback here, great subject. I was wondering where to source these plants? I first heard that they were available at one of the local big box stores, not true so far this year.
Local nurseries seem equally unhelpful,thus mail order would seem to be in order. Any suggestions?
While I am bombarding you with questions,any suggestions about guilds/companions for Kiwi?
William Bronson wrote: I am planning on growing the kiwi up the front of my porch, replacing the "Italian Tree" tomatoes that have graced that space(12' high) other years.
The tomatoes grew nicely trained to some strong nylon twine.
I was thinking I could grow the kiwi up 244 Lb test nylon rope.Do they sucker or tendril or what? I often start out plants by twist tying them to structures for training, would that workat first?
I saw some source suggest lowering the trellises with the vines attached for easy harvest, but I am not sure the vines would be so hardy/flexible.
Also, would I be missing out on some productivity if I did not have supports for the vines to branch out?
David Livingston wrote:How do folks propagate these fruits ?