Frustrated with my Kiwi and considering drastic measures
Is my experience typical with growing Vincent Kiwifruit? And if not, does anyone have experience or advice with getting better pollination from a male for Vincent?
Thank you in advance for the help!
I grow fuzzy kiwi, Actinidia deliciosa, along with a "male" that was sold with it. I choose Vincent as the female because we only get a limited amount of chilling; 200-400 on average.
Both vines were planted in winter 2004. We starting getting our first female flowers in early May 2008, and we thought it was due to the fact our dog root pruned it accidentally trying to dig a soft cool bed in the dirt under the canopy one Spring day. The male didn't flower until Late May 2010. I suspect the male is Tomuri since that is what is often sold with Vincent, that and the fact the male's flowers are very sparse; I have only found two or 3 male flowers on the plant each of the last two years, despite the fact the vine is huge and gets plenty of sun.
What is worse, the male blooms later than the majority of the Vincent flowers. The female had more than 400 flowers this year, but by the time the male flowered, most had faded and died. We only had about 50 flowers left by the time the male got around to doing its business. Although I picked a crop of about 4 dozen fruits this year, it is very frustrating after waiting so many years already that this is all we are getting from such a gigantic vine.
Now I am considering planting a second different male nearby to see if it is any earlier than Tomuri. If I can find a better one, I will eventually rip out the original male. I know it will take many years for a new male to mature, so I want to make a wise choice.
I have looked for a variety called Matua without success.
Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures of my Vincent Kiwi can be found in this link