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Please can you give me advice on my Kiwi plant?  RSS feed

 
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Hey folks,

I am wondering if anyone would be so kind as to give me some tips/ info on growing Kiwi plants. I bought a 'Jenny' Kiwi this morning which has been eaten by something. After this picture was taken, I then planted it out into my greenhouse. How often should I be watering it? Have you got any other advice for me regarding Kiwi plants?




Btw, I live in England, zone 8b.

Thank you for any help you're able to provide xx
 
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I am only in the second year of my own kiwi-growing adventures, but here is the best info I could find in one place:
Kiwi: A Growing Guide

Here are a few threads at permies:
How do I keep my soil dry enough to grow hardy kiwis?
Hardy Kiwi (Actinidia arguta)

So far, I have two females and a male happily growing. I was surprised how much they grew the first year. I planted them on a hugel with a square foot gardening trellis.
 
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I have had some male hardy kiwi for a few years. I purchased some females this year.
Here is a thing I noticed about them. The males I got were attractive to aphids.
I left some pots next to the Kiwi. In my area if you leave a group of pots you will likely get small black ants infesting them.
These ant farm aphids. As the aphid population built up so did the things that eat the aphids.
Now many aphids are plant specific, but many of the things that eat aphids are not aphid specific.
So since the males are not fruit producers, it was little loss to have them covered with aphids.
Move the pots with ants and the ants and aphids go away, but so do all the things feeding on the aphids.
By leaving a few pots together I get a colony or two that I can relocate next to the kiwi each year to farm aphids.
 
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