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How to Grow & When to Plant Kiwi in Your Backyard Garden!

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Kiwi vines will not only produce amazing tasting fruit, but will provide a beautiful foliage for your garden! These are hardy vines that will take up a lot of room as they vine up extremely tall! You will need to ensure that you have at least 1 male kiwi plant in order to pollinate others and get kiwi fruit. These vines can be a perennial if you live in a mild climate.

How to Grow:

It is best to plant kiwi after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Kiwi is planted a few inches deeper than the pot they are transplanted from. Kiwi will vine up a trellis. Separate kiwi plants apart by approximately 8-10 feet. Provide full sun for your kiwi vine to thrive in your garden. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water weekly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Blueberries Marigolds Eggplant
Catnip Marjoram Peppers (Banana, Bell, Hot, Sweet)
Currant Mint Potatoes
Grapes Pomegranate Tomatoes (Bush & Vine)
Lavender Raspberries  

 
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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for kiwi:

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Harvesting:

Kiwi will begin to produce fruit within 1-2 years after transplanting. Your kiwi will be ready to harvest until late fall. Harvest your kiwi when they are mostly firm, but slightly soft.

Cooking & Eating!

Kiwi fruit tastes amazing both by itself or in recipes! Our favorite way to eat them is to add them into smoothies for a tasty treat!

 

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