Kiwi Growing Guide

Kiwi

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Fertile, well-drained soil.

Position

Best grown trained against a sunny, sheltered south or west facing wall, or under cover in cooler climates. In warmer climates, kiwis  thrive in full sun provided their roots receive midday shade.

Frost tolerant

Young shoots are vulnerable to frost damage in spring; may require protection.

Feeding

Mulch with well-rotted organic matter in late winter, and apply a balanced organic fertiliser in early spring, just as new growth emerges.

Companions

Marjoram, Lemon Balm and Marigold. Kiwi vines are so vigorous that they dominate their space and require a sturdy trellis.

Spacing

Single Plants: 3.00m (9' 10") each way (minimum)
Rows: 3.00m (9' 10") with 3.00m (9' 10") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Add plenty of well-rotted organic matter when planting. Plant next to a strong trellis for support.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Most kiwi varieties require both male and female plants for successful pollination. One male plant can pollinate up to eight nearby females. Hardy kiwis produce smaller fruits, but are usually self fertile. Healthy kiwi vines trees will bear for ten years or more.

Harvesting

Pick before the first frosts and then ripen indoors if the fruit is not completely ripe.

Troubleshooting

Will only crop if they are planted in a warm enough position, and may suffer from dieback in cold winters.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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