Kiwi Care

Whether cut in slices, stars, or biconcave with a spoon, kiwis aftertaste delightful. Abound your own woody kiwi backcountry that can ascend a filigree or fence. You aloof charge a macho and a changeable bulb to aftermath bake-apple (or a self-pollinating variety). Accepting agitation allotment a variety? Apprehend on to apprentice added about the altered types and how to affliction for them.

Growing Kiwis

Most kiwis are dioecious, which means you will charge a macho and a changeable for your kiwi to buck fruit. One macho bulb is able to blend up to 8 changeable plants if it's centrally located. If buried in rows, a macho can blend 3-4 females. Changeable plants aftermath fruit. Macho plants do not aftermath fruit.

The Issai kiwi (Actinidia arguta) is an exception; it does not charge a pollinator.

Kiwis are active growers and charge affluence of room. They can be trellised like grapes.

  • Average complete height: 5-35 feet
  • Fertilizer: 10-10-10 already a anniversary during the spring
  • Light: Full sun
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Soil: Plenty of baptize with well-draining soil. Befitting accouterment mulched with a 2-3 bottom amphitheater about the abject will help.
  • Zone: Anniversary array differs. See the blueprint below.

Selecting a Kiwi Variety

Changeable Varieties

Male Pollinators


Good to Know


Any macho arguta

5-8 (400 arctic hours)

  • Smooth skin
  • Small, grape-sized fruit
  • Hint of pineapple

Ken's Red

Any macho arguta

5-8 (400 arctic hours)

  • Small bake-apple about the admeasurement of a ample grape
  • Red fruit



7-9 (200 arctic hours)

  • Large fruit
  • Similar to bazaar variety



8-9 (200 hours)

  • Medium fruit
  • Ripens early

Issai (self-pollinating)

No pollinator needed

3-8 (400 hours)

  • Can bake-apple in the 2nd year
  • Can be container- grown

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