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Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:32 pm
by Joyfirst
I want to grow them, and I garden in zone 10. Will they bear fruit? I got warm climate variety, but labels still say bears best with some temperatures below 32, and we get those extremely rarely, and maybe never, since my garden is a few blocks from the ocean. Will I get ANY fruit?
Also, I would prefer to grow them in pots, although I could put them into dirt (trees are not alowed in community garden in the ground, but kiwis are vines, so I could technically. What size pots would be enough. I would prefer to keep them on the smaller side anyway, until I manifest my paradise land. :) I know for best growth in pots I need to make a good soil mix with compost, rock dust and mycorrhizae, probably vermiculite.
Any other tips?

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:25 pm
by imafan26
This a document about growing low chill kiwi in San Diego. At least it is a start. It sounds like it you need more than one plant since male and female may not be on the same plant and you would need to look for the low chill varieties.

If they are anything like the low chill apples, pears, and apricots, they are not as good as the regular ones. If you live at a high elevation you may be able to get enough hours for them.

https://crfgsandiego.org/Documents/LOW%2 ... 0FRUIT.pdf

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:52 am
by Joyfirst
Yes, I ordered two, of course, a male and a female. Hmm, my garden is close to the ocean, so I probably won't get enough chill. I guess I will try and talk to them nicely as well. :)

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:09 am
by 123
IM a KIWI and I live in NEW ZEALAND, Land of the best KIWI FRUIT.

Im a commercial Kiwifruit and Hass Avocado grower and Plant Consultant.

Just Joined the Forum and Hope to help you all grow.

These are some of the fruit I have personally grown this season to export under the Zespri Brand.

They will be picked in April/May the Photo was taken 3 months ago, they are much bigger now.

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Ive lived on a Kiwifruit orchard since age 11, im 36 today.

Maybe I can help you.

cheers

123

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:42 pm
by Joyfirst
They are gorgeous! You do get freezing temperatures in winter, right?

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:00 pm
by 123
No we are near the sea.

our orchard is ultra warm, that is why we can grow avocados.

All commercial Kiwifruit growers use Hydrogen cyanamide (Hi-Cane) to give a artificial winter and even bud break.

Winter Chilling helps. even with Hydrogen cyanamide.

Erger-K has been used in new trials.

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:06 pm
by 123
Joyfirst wrote:They are gorgeous! You do get freezing temperatures in winter, right?
Those ARE Gold KIWIFRUIT, you may have only tasted Green Kiwifruit.

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:36 am
by JONA
There is a lovely dwarf kiwi called Issai which is easy to grow in a tub. The fruit is plum sized and the skin is smooth so you just eat the whole thing. DELISH!.

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:52 pm
by Joyfirst
JONA wrote:There is a lovely dwarf kiwi called Issai which is easy to grow in a tub. The fruit is plum sized and the skin is smooth so you just eat the whole thing. DELISH!.
That sounds good. But do they need chill time? My climate has freezing maybe once in ten years, if that.
One bummer though -I found out, it takes seven years to get fruit. Can they be grafted to give fruit earlier?

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:54 pm
by Joyfirst
[quote="123"]All commercial Kiwifruit growers use Hydrogen cyanamide (Hi-Cane) to give a artificial winter and even bud break.
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That sounds like chemicals, and I grow organically.

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:00 am
by Fruitgerminator
123 wrote:IM a KIWI and I live in NEW ZEALAND, Land of the best KIWI FRUIT.

Im a commercial Kiwifruit and Hass Avocado grower and Plant Consultant.

Just Joined the Forum and Hope to help you all grow.

These are some of the fruit I have personally grown this season to export under the Zespri Brand.

They will be picked in April/May the Photo was taken 3 months ago, they are much bigger now.

Image

Image

Image

Ive lived on a Kiwifruit orchard since age 11, im 36 today.

Maybe I can help you.

cheers

123
Hello 123,

Can I ask you something about kiwifruit? I started to grow seedlings from seed. It's called the Green Kiwi or Hayward kiwi. How can I know if I grow a male or female plant? I have a small garden but certainly can grow 2 kiwi vines. I would like to know If it's male or female before putting it into the soil. Can you help me?

Re: Tell me about kiwi

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:54 pm
by SD maholi
Hi
I need information that will kiwi fruit grow where chill hours are met but summers are very hot and long?
Long and hot means that summer is sevem 7 month long and and temperature may and June is 40cescius max and 27 low in nights. No rain but we got good irrigation system.
All suggestions welcome
Thanks guys