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Vanessa Richins Myers

Vanessa Richins Myers

Vanessa Richins Myers is a seasoned horticulturist, writer, and educator with over 10 years of training and experience as a professional horticulturist and gardener. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture, with an emphasis in landscape design and urban horticulture. She volunteers as a community garden specialist.

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Updated on 06/01/21

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In This Article

  • Care

  • Pruning

  • Common Pests and Diseases

If you enjoy the kiwifruit typically found at supermarkets and have wondered about growing them yourself, you're in luck. Kiwifruit, also known as Actinidia deliciosa, can be grown in many home gardens under the right care and conditions. Native to Asia (not New Zealand, as many may assume), kiwifruit is a woody vine that can be used to cover an arbor or similar garden structure where it will be both aesthetically pleasing and productive.

Best planted in early spring or late fall, kiwifruit will grow quickly in size, often adding between 6 to 12 feet a year. That being said, only mature female vines will produce fruit, and many won't do so until they're at least three years old. The best fruit production often occurs when the vine is eight years or older, and it can continue to produce for forty years or more.

Botanical Name Actinidia deliciosa
Common Name  Kiwifruit, kiwi, Chinese gooseberry
Plant Type  Fruit
Mature Size 15–30 ft. tall, 6–10 ft. wide
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type Moist but well-drained
Soil pH Acidic
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Cream
Hardiness Zones 7–9 (USDA)
Native Area Asia

Kiwifruit Care

Growing kiwifruit can be a bit involved, but the payout—tons of delicious, sweet fruits—is more than worth it. The fruit is actually classified as a berry, with each kiwi measuring about 3 inches long and shaped like an egg, with a fuzzy brown exterior. Kiwifruit vines are ideal to grow on a wooden structure such as a gazebo, trellis, pergola, arbor, or fence.

When planning where to plant your kiwifruit vine, make sure you have enough room and supports for at least two vines, since you will need both male and female plants for successful pollination of this dioecious species. The flowers can be cream or yellow in color and will have a slight perfume to them. Proper watering and pruning are especially important for kiwifruit vines since the fruit is formed on year-old wood.

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Light

Plant your kiwifruit vine somewhere where it can receive full sun or partial shade throughout the year. The more sun the plant gets, the better its fruit production will be, and you should aim for at least eight hours of light a day.

Soil

Kiwifruit vines prefer soil that is acidic, with a pH level between 5.0 and 6.8. When it comes to soil composition, the vine isn't super picky but does best in a blend that is fertile, moist, and well-draining. When planting your vines, space each one approximately 10 feet apart to give them plenty of room to grow and thrive.

Water

Your kiwifruit vines will need consistent watering and are not at all tolerant of drought. Because of this, you should never allow their soil to dry out. That being said, they also don't like wet feet, making well-draining soil especially imperative. If you notice any browning or drooping leaves on the vine, that's usually a sign that your plant could use more water.

Temperature and Humidity

True to their semi-tropical nature, kiwifruit prefers moderate temperatures, though they do need a period of cold (around 45 degrees Fahrenheit for at least a month) to set fruit. Additionally, the vines can tolerate hot summer temperatures up to 114 degrees Fahrenheit, though they will need additional water to compensate. When it comes to humidity needs, kiwifruit has no special requirements and will do just fine in the humidity levels of their USDA hardiness zones.

Fertilizer

Kiwifruit vines do best when planted in soil that is high in organic matter and nitrogen. If nitrogen isn't present in your soil upon testing, you'll want to amend your mixture with a fertilizer high in the nutrient. Regular feedings are especially important as the vine is growing and getting established. Plan to feed your plant upon planting, in early spring, and in summer after the flowers die off using a slow-release all-purpose fertilizer blend.

Pruning Kiwifruit

Properly pruning your kiwifruit vines not only helps encourage more fruit growth but also ensures the vines don't become unruly. Starting with a strong framework (via a trellis or other structure) is essential—from there, trim around the main stem frequently until it grows tall enough to begin to form a canopy overhead. The best time to prune your kiwifruit vine is during the winter season when the plant is dormant.

Common Pests and Diseases

Kiwifruit vines are susceptible to a variety of common pests like spider mites and thrips, both of which can be easily controlled with horticultural oil. Another common issue for kiwifruit vines are pests that feed on the plant's fruit, mainly leafroller caterpillars and Japanese beetles. Your best bet is to pick the fruit frequently and encourage birds, which are natural predators of these bugs, to visit your garden.

How to Grow Kiwi Fruit

, written by Benedict Vanheems

My earliest memory of kiwi fruit was when, as a young lad, I was taken off to the grocery store to buy one of these fabled fruits. In those days (mid-1980s) kiwis were seen as terribly exotic – at least to British shoppers. They cost a fair bit too, and so these small, fuzzy fruits were handled with reverence, brought home gingerly in their brown paper bag then sliced in half and spooned out with genuine excitement. To me they tasted of far off lands – somewhere sunnier, lusher and far more mysterious than the pedestrian suburbs of my youth!

They still carry an air of the exotic about them. But did you know that kiwis are a textbook case of marketing spin? Once more commonly known as Chinese gooseberries, the kiwi fruit got its second name from – no prizes for guessing – the New Zealanders, who cornered more of the market for growing them over the course of the 20th Century.

Once considered exotic, kiwi fruit (aka Chinese gooseberry) can be grown at home in many areas

Nowadays kiwi fruit is more widely grown, so that today you can buy half a dozen fruits for the same money that would have got you just one not so long ago. I grab a net of kiwi fruit every week to drop into my morning smoothies. They are full of vitamin C, so I see them as a delicious defence against coughs and sniffles.

Growing Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit originates from East Asia. They love sunshine and grow best in climates that are consistently warm. In more temperate climates you can still enjoy good results by growing them against a sunny wall where they can romp away to reach – get this – 10m (30ft) tall...wow! A warm wall also somewhat protects tender spring growth from frost damage.

The vines grow okay in shade too, but at the expense of any fruits. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because this is one stunning vine, with chunky, heart-shaped leaves, red stems and pretty, fragrant flowers.

Such a lofty climber needs very sturdy supports. A series of horizontal wires properly anchored into the wall or fence every 45cm (18in) should give them the leg-up they need. Use a thick-gauge wire and tighten them into place with robust vine eye screws. You could also try growing a vine up a pergola or trellis – assuming it’s strong enough for the job.

Kiwi fruit vines are rampant, and need sturdy supports

The plants are naturally dioecious, meaning the female and male flowers are borne on separate plants. ‘Hayward’ is one of the most popular female varieties with ‘Tomuri’ a good male companion planted approximately one to every six females. But not all of us have the space for multiple kiwi vines – and what if the male plant doesn’t bloom at exactly the right time? This uncertainty has disappeared with the advent of self-fertile varieties, which make things a lot simpler. One plant should suffice but like many self-fertile plants, pollination is even better when two or more plants are involved, and there’s one variety that crops up time and again for reliability: ‘Jenny’.

Plant your kiwi fruit into nutrient-rich, moisture-retentive soil. If you are planting against a wall then set the plant at least a foot away from the base so the roots don’t sit in a rain shadow. Space vines at least 3m (10ft) apart so they don’t get tangled up in each other but are still close enough to improve pollination. If you’re thinking about growing them in a greenhouse, don’t bother – unless you want it to completely take over in there to the detriment of everything else!

Kiwi fruit needs regular pruning to keep it productive

Pruning Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit are not shy and retiring. They’re bold, brazen and will quickly become a thicket of stems and foliage if left to their thing. You have two choices to keep them tamed: train them into a formal espalier shape, or hack out the oldest stems every winter after they have finished fruiting. In reality the latter is a lot easier and perhaps more conducive to its rambling nature.

Fruits develop on side shoots growing from canes that are at least one year old. You want plenty of older canes for lots of fruit, but not too old that they become less productive. Stems older than four years are generally good for cutting completely out in order to allow younger, more vigorous stems to replace them. Don’t worry if you can’t tell which stems are what age – you’d be a champion pruner to work that one out – just aim to remove canes that look the oldest and thickest. Cut canes right down to ground level. Aim for an even spread of canes that will allow plenty of light to reach all parts of the plant.

Fresh kiwi fruits can be made into a delicious vitamin-rich smoothie

Harvesting Kiwi Fruit

For all their bravado the fruits themselves are a long time coming, especially in cooler climates. Fruits typically ripen by mid-autumn, often just a few weeks ahead of the first frosts. Pick them when they look brown (because of the hairs) and give a little when pinched between finger and thumb. If a frost threatens but the fruits aren’t quite ready, harvest them anyhow and bring them indoors where they should continue to ripen. Keep the fruits in a cool, dry place and they should store for up to six weeks.

Back outside, lavish love on your kiwi vines; they may seem indestructible but that doesn’t mean they don’t need looking after! Layer on a thick mulch of organic matter such as well-rotted compost in early spring, and keep vines well-watered should you be lucky enough to enjoy a long, warm summer.

Have you grown kiwi fruit before? I’d love to hear how you got on with them and your favorite recipes using them. Please tell all in the comments section below.

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The history of the appearance of kiwi in nutrition

Kiwi is the fruit of a herbaceous vine called Actinidia sinensis. Botanically, kiwis are considered berries, but most still refer to them as fruits.

Liana native to China, originally had sour and very small fruits. They were called "Chinese circles". In the early 20th century, a gardener brought kiwi fruit to New Zealand. He took up breeding and in just 30 years he got the fluffy, sweet and juicy kiwi that we know today.

The name given to these fruits by the same gardener, for their resemblance to the kiwi bird of the same name. She is a symbol of New Zealand, has a round and fluffy body, somewhat similar to the fruits of Actinidia.

Kiwi is the second most popular tropical fruit, followed by pineapple. The main supplier of kiwi is now New Zealand and Italy.

Benefits of kiwi

Kiwi contains the enzyme actinidin. It breaks down proteins, making food easier to digest. In addition to actinidin, kiwi acids help digestion. This is especially important with insufficient production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. In Chinese medicine, kiwi is used specifically to improve digestion, as well as to reduce the likelihood of kidney stones.

Kiwi is the record holder for the presence of vitamin C, he lost the palm only to blackcurrant. Just 100 grams of fresh kiwi contains four times the daily human need for vitamin C. It strengthens the immune system, helps fight colds.

Also, when consuming kiwi, blood thinning is observed, which means that the risk of thrombosis will be less. Potassium in the composition of these fruits reduces blood pressure, control hypertension.

Kiwi is useful not only for nutrition. The effect of organic acids from kiwi on the skin is such that pigmentation becomes less, and the skin itself is tightened. Reduces wrinkles and flaking of the skin.

Kiwifruit is also high in acids, which can cause dermatitis and damage tooth enamel. You can reduce their impact if you rinse your mouth with water after eating kiwi,” advises gastroenterologist Olga Arisheva .

The use of kiwi in medicine

Due to the large amount of fruit acids and antioxidants, kiwi is known in cosmetology as an ingredient in peels and masks. Kiwi cleanses the skin and helps remove dead skin cells. Also, this fruit contains natural collagen, which helps to tighten and rejuvenate the skin.

Kiwi fruit contains actinidin, a substance that improves the absorption of proteins. Therefore, kiwi or its extract is recommended to improve digestion, especially after eating a lot of meat or dairy products.

Kiwi fruit has also been shown to be a natural alternative to blood thinning aspirin. Kiwi reduces the risk of blood clots, which is useful for diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

Culinary uses of kiwi

Thanks to its bright taste, reminiscent of several fruits at the same time, kiwi is excellent for sweet dishes. Jelly, pies, jams, mousses are made from it.

Break the chocolate into pieces, pour in the cream and melt in the microwave or in a water bath. Don't let it boil or the chocolate will curdle.

Peel the kiwi and cut into thick circles, 8 millimeters each. Insert a stick and half-dip each circle of kiwi into melted chocolate.

Sprinkle immediately with nuts or coconut flakes, confectionery powder. Let the chocolate harden and serve.

Kiwi marmalade

Bright marmalade can be eaten as is or added to cakes and pies.

Place in a saucepan over the fire, stirring constantly. Boil for 7 minutes, the mass will begin to thicken. Pour hot jam into sterile jars.

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How to choose and store kiwi

Ripe kiwi is elastic, but soft, the skin is not wrinkled and without cracks. If the fruit is too soft, there are wet spots, then the kiwi is overripe and has begun to deteriorate. Hard fruit, on the other hand, is not yet ripe. At this stage, it is sour and tasteless.

Kiwi is not a long-term fruit. At room temperature, ripe kiwifruit can go bad in as little as 5 days. You can extend the shelf life in the refrigerator. Before this, the fruits do not need to be washed, then they will lie for about 2 weeks.

You can also buy green kiwis - they will not spoil for a couple of months in the refrigerator.


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