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My first post, and I am already begging... (Kiwi starts)

 
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Hello Permies! I am so happy to be here with you!
Anyhow, I am looking for a source for inexpensive Kiwi Vines. I would love to find some of the golden fruited ones, but the standard fuzzy ones (Hayward)would do just fine. I am a tightwad, I guess, but the idea of $15+ for the numbers I am looking for just doesn't work...
I am working the seeds right now, but I have not had great luck yet.
Any help would be very welcome!
 
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Mike, Baker Creek Seeds has kiwi plants 3/$15. I bought some this year but have not received them yet so I can't say anything about the quality. However, I've been getting my seeds from them for the last 10 or 15 years and have had no cause for complaint yet. Baker Creek Seeds: Kiwi Hardy Collection
 
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Thanks, that is much more the price I am looking for but it looks like all they have is the hardy kiwis, I'm really looking for the larger, standard or the golden... But I will sure keep that in mind!
 
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Mike,
Since you didn't say where you are I just assumed you would need a hardy kiwi like most of us in the U.S. who are not lucky enough to live in the warmer climates. (Stupid assumption, of course, since we have folks from all over the world on these forums).

Anyway, I found a relatively inexpensive golden variety for you here ...http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/buy/kiwifruit-gold-seedling-vine.htm?PHPSESSID=53343d53f40d269693643b5f3ba5c03a BUT ... it is cheap because it does not come true to type and is being offered as a way for people to experiment and come up with their own, new varieties. If you aren't especially particular which variety you get but only want them to be gold, then this might be a good way to start.

Most everything else I found is over $20 per plant or the nurseries only carry seeds. Maybe you could try reading some stuff on propagation methods from seed and try growing them again. If it was me, I would rather spend a few bucks for a packet of seed than a few hundred bucks for a bunch of small saplings. If they don't germinate, you haven't really lost much, and if they do, you've saved a lot of money.
Here are a few random "how-to" sites I found with a quick search ...
https://growingwildceeds.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/how-to-grow-a-kiwi-plant-from-seed/

http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/how-to-grow-kiwi-from-seed.html

 
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Sorry, yeah, my farm is certainly an unfair advantage! 9b but we have water and amazing soil already! We are right at the very bottom of the foothills just at the top of the SJ Valley S/E of Sacramento. 25 years ago the whole thing was in kiwi, but now all but three are gone. I have taken cuttings from them, we will see!
Thanks so much for the help. I will dig around in there! Awesome!
Thank you!
 
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