Vegetables and Fruits forum: Kiwis

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Imagebitbit
Jun 6, 2011 10:48 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'm planning on ordering some hardy kiwi plants in the next few days. Anyone have experience with these? I'm really excited to grow more fruit, especially since kiwis ripen at a different time of year than any other fruit I grow.

If you haven't heard of hardy kiwis, look them up. They can be grown as cold as zone 5! They are much smaller than the tropical kiwis, but the skin isn't hairy so you can just eat them like grapes.

I'll keep you guys posted on the results of this venture, though I won't get fruit until next year at least.
Imagebitbit
Jun 8, 2011 5:50 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Well, I just placed my order - two female plants and one male pollinator Hurray! I'm way too excited about these, especially since they won't fruit this year...
Imagebitbit
Jul 24, 2011 10:30 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Well, I was finally able to borrow a pickup to get my trellis home from the hardware store today. So the trellises are planted and the kiwis are built (or maybe it's the other way around Whistling ). I just have to wait a couple years for them to grow big enough for fruit production... that's the hard part.
AlohaHoya
Sep 4, 2011 11:14 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I think they are also called gooseberries....whatever...let us know!!!
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Imagebitbit
Sep 5, 2011 5:46 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
They aren't the same as gooseberries, though now you've got me curious about growing gooseberries. Have you ever eaten one?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardy_Kiwi (Actinidia arguta)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa)
AlohaHoya
Sep 5, 2011 11:17 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Yes...here they are called 'Poha' berries...delish!!! I have some NZ plants, from seed, and one local...they taste the same. Just read the Wikipedia article which says they propagate from cuttings....so I plan to make some cuttings and plant more as they are SOOOOoooo good.

I grew a Kiwi in Seattle and got precious little fruit from it.... Big Grin
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Imagebitbit
Sep 5, 2011 3:33 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Does the Poha you grow have a papery shell around the berry? I think Poha usually refers to Cape Gooseberry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis_peruviana, which is a separate plant again from the ones I linked above.

This is why common names are so confusing! So many plants called gooseberries! Apparently kiwis can be called that too, which I hadn't heard until you mentioned it above, but Wikipedia agrees with you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooseberry_(disambiguation)

If Physalis peruviana is what you have, they apparently start readily from seed and are self-fertile, so that might be an easier way to propagate them than cuttings.

The kiwi you grew in Seattle, was it a hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta, with small hairless fruit) or the regular kind (Actinidia deliciosa, with larger hairy fruit)? I don't know much about growing the latter, but the hardy kiwis are supposed to fruit pretty heavily in the mild, wet northwest climate. Did you have both a male and a female plant?
AlohaHoya
Sep 5, 2011 4:41 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Only had one plant of the A. arguta, probably a female. Fruit it did produce (once) was really goood.

Well, the seeds I brought back were for Cape Gooseberry and had a papery shell. I really like them. Hardy!!!! Gotta find the package to find their 'real' name.
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Imagebitbit
Sep 5, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
If they have the papery shell, it's probably Physalis. That's the only one that says it's called Poha in any case.

Only having one might have been your problem. It must've been pollinated that once from a neighbor's male plant (possibly an ornamental kiwi vine, which are usually male), but kiwis won't produce fruit without a separate male pollinator.

I can't wait for mine to start fruiting. It took longer than I expected for them to get over the transplant shock, but they've put out a few vines now. Of course, as soon as it started growing the hurricane took out one of my trellises, so one of the plants has nothing to climb. I'll get it straightened out soon enough and I'm just glad the plant itself wasn't damaged.
ImageCajuninKy
Jan 30, 2012 9:38 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
How are your kiwis making the winter?
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AlohaHoya
Jan 30, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
SOON I will strike some cuttings from plant (Poha here, Cape Gooseberry for others) of a friend which produced fuit twice the size of mine. Andproduced it all year!!!
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Imagebitbit
Jan 30, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Cheryl, they have died back now, so I'll have to wait until they break their dormancy in spring to see how they fared. The two plants (male and female) near my front door both grew 6+ feet up their trellis before their leaves were killed off. The third plant (a lone female) got damaged when its trellis was knocked over in Hurricane Irene, so it hadn't grown up much before the cold made it go to sleep.

I'll keep you guys posted when spring growth starts.
ImageLaVonne
Jan 30, 2012 10:11 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I learned something new. I can grow Kiwi vines of the hardy variety here in zone 6....now just to find a male and a female...then I can plant them along my western fence....cause it gets an adequate amount of shade. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Imagebitbit
Mar 23, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Green shoots!!! They don't look like much yet, but I'm just happy that all three plants survived their first winter here Thumbs up

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AlohaHoya
Mar 23, 2012 2:06 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
YAY!!!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageCajuninKy
Mar 25, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Whoo hoo!!! Will they bear this year?
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Imagebitbit
Mar 25, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
I'm not sure, actually.

They were 3-year-old roots, but were really tiny when I got them last summer. Plants begin flowering the third year (this has to happen before they're sold, because it's the only way to tell male from female plants), but I wouldn't be surprised if they're set back a year by transplanting.

They usually flower in May in the midwest, but should be a bit earlier here in the warm south. I'll keep you posted if I see any flowers.
Imagegardengus
May 22, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
How are they coming along ?
Imagebitbit
May 22, 2012 3:00 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
They're doing great! They've put on new growth, both on last year's vines and new ones. No flowers, so no fruit this year.

I need to get some garden photos, so I'll make sure to include the kiwis on my next shoot. Life has had me super busy lately, and it seems like it's rained every weekend (good for the plants, but not for photography).
Imagegardengus
May 23, 2012 5:13 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
send the rain my way, my garden has had a total of 1/4 inch in all of May and we have had high 80's more days than not.
I am spending way too much time watering , the up side is less weeds , no moisture to germinate.

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