A spectacular and vigorous hardy climber for a sunny sheltered wall. The twining stems produce pretty white summer flowers set against a cloak of attractive heart shaped foliage. The egg shaped fruits that follow can be harvested in October for a delicious freshly picked dessert. Height: 9m (29’). Spread: 5m (16’).
These kiwi vines are not self fertile. We recommend planting 3 or 4 plants close together to ensure pollination.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.
Sow Kiwi seeds from February to July at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F), on the surface of a good quality seed compost and lightly cover the seed with compost. Keep the soil damp but not wet and do not exclude light. Place in a propagator or seal the seed tray inside a polythene bag until after germination, which usually takes 21-60 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in a cold frame for planting out the following spring.
Plant kiwis in any rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun at a distance of 2m (6ft) apart. A sheltered position is essential as kiwis are particularly sensitive to adverse weather conditions. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support wires strung between sturdy posts, to train as an espalier.
Feed and water regularly until fully established, particularly during hot dry periods. Train the stems onto their supports. In autumn apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant.
Prune kiwi fruit plants in winter. In the first two years, prune plants to create an espalier framework of one permanent leading stem and two horizontal stems. Cut back the leading shoot to maintain it within the allotted space. Fruit is formed on the previous year's wood, and also on fruit spurs created by cutting back side shoots on horizontal stems to 3 or 4 buds. Overcrowded side shoots can be thinned out to allow light and air around the developing fruit. Plants may take 3 years before producing a full crop of delicious kiwi fruit.
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