My female kiwi vine is flowering after 7 years. Sadly, the male kiwi vine, also 7 years old, is not. Would anyone be willing to share a few flowering branches from a male kiwi? I'd pay for shipping.... I am located just west of Boston. Perhaps someone near me has mature kiwis. Thanks! Laura at Water Row
I'm too far away to make it economical, and too far north (61 north) for there to be any likely hood of having flowers on time, but for kiwi's be sure that the roots can get warm. Too much of the wrong kind of mulch, or too much shade, and you won't get the right enzymatic chain reactions going on to signal the meristematic tissues that it is mature.
I'd like to second the question. I also have a male kiwi that hasn't flowered for two years during which at least one female has (actinidia arguta). They are in very similar environments. How do I make the male happy enough to flower or should I get another sort of pollinator? Mulch with viagra?
Fourteen kiwis are one of those plants that have only male flowers on male plants and only female flowers on female ones, so unless yu have a male plant the female plants wont give fruit and if you male plant is not flowering it will be as if you did not have a male plant. rose.
When the bees are making honey,they will fly very far away to find male flowers instead of yourself.That is to say,they help you to find what you want.Whether you find that, where there are more bees,the plants there usually give more fruit.
June 20th here in the Pacific Northwest my fuzzy NZ type kiwi have a multitude of flowers on 15 year old plants we pruned HARD last year. Unfortunately I can't tell which one is male out of the three but they do set fruit on two that I recall and I am the only one with kiwi around here. I prefer the oriental kiwi that I grow that ripen better and can be eaten like citrusy grapes. It is a very cool temperate spring here and very few polinators out today so I will simply be hopeful. I will definitely prune hard again this year all grapes and kiwi vine as they seem to trhive in fruit production for it.
MIne which is a year old does not like the frosts. I heard they grew where grape vines grow, grapes just appear in the garden, birds must leave seeds in their droppings. I shall have to buy two more to increase the possiblility of having fruit. I like their leaves and brown furry stems a lot. I would like it if the vines grew enough to have kiwis hanging above my head too. I shall have to find an organic shop for all the fruit in autumn. I don't know what to do with all the fruit that arrives then. To grow more is a bit crazy when i don't know what to do with what i usually have. rose macaskie
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