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Kiwi Fruit - Male vs. Female

Posted by billbrandi 9 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 3, 11 at 17:44

I understand that to grow Kiwi fruit you need a male and female plant. Lowe's has some in stock that are labeled as Arctic/cold hardy so I thought I would try it out on a trellis that is vacant now.

But, unless it is on the tag (which it is not) how do you tell which plant is male and which is female?

If I were a wise guy I would say that the male can be identified because he is holding the remote. But I won't say that because I really do want to know the answer and do not want anyone getting mad at me.

Anyon else bought Kiwi plants from Lowe's?


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Here is what the tag looks like. Does that mean it is male, female or both?????:

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You can't really tell yet, but there should be two vines in the pot, male and female.


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A-ha....that makes sense. Thank you for the clarification. No one at Lowe's knew the answer.


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I bought one at wall mart I thought I was just getting an extra plant.LOL silly me
That is good to know.
Thanx,
Carmen


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Two weeks ago at Lowes I bought the same male female Arctic Kiwi. This week they had Issiah kiwi male and female in a pot so bought those as well. In two weeks the one plant has twined 2/3 of the way up the rope to reach the wire of it's new trellis home, it's mate is alive and well but not growing as fast. It seemed one of the plants was large and the other small in the Arctic pots and the Issiah was the same way....I think the larger plant is the male....thought I read somewhere the males were more robust?


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I bought some there but they don't say artic. I think they must be the Issiah then. I will have to find the tag. There are two in the pot. One of mine is more robust than the other as well. I haven't decided if I am going to grow them in a large pot or in the ground.


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Sultry,

The Issiah had the name on the tag...and the tag showed a small fuzzless green kiwi. The Arctic tag did not have a variety name listed but said Arctic on the pot and the tag picture showed a fuzzy brown kiwi. But of course Lowes plant tags can't be trusted at all lol.


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the label on the plastic pot said "Arctic." I was at the Lowe's on Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park near the Belcher intersection.


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What do you know? I found the tag and nada...so looked on the pot and it said Artic LOL! Okay I must be blind...


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  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSLFl (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 6, 11 at 18:56

Has anyone had luck getting fruit from them? I planted them once and they died. If I can get fruit I would try again. But am I too far south?


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I just bought an Artic Kiwi plant at my local Lowe's and have no idea if it is a male or a female. Anyone know how I can tell so I can get the mate plant. I din't realize when I bought it that I need a male / female.


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  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSLFl (My Page) on
    Fri, May 6, 11 at 6:57

Usually when you buy them there is both in the pot, male and female. Do you have two plants in your pot, if so you already have both. I don't think there is a way to tell until they fruit.


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I have planted kiwis. At first they just seemed to sit and wait for their roots to get going. When they did, look out!! I read that they can grow tree-like up to 30 feet depending on how you prune them and with support. It can be 4-6 years for fruit and if it's not cold weather tolerant, it may not have any. But, the trellis is just beautiful with shiny green leaves that I think will drop in the winter and come back in spring. There a keeper even just for the leaves.


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I have 4 planted this spring and they are doing well. One plant raced up 6 feet to the first wire of their new trellis home so cut it off so it would branch out. Two great side branches started and grew a foot long and then a &^$%#^*^$ deer bit the vine in two about 3 feet above the ground. They had been eating the leaves on them now and then. It was the last straw.....it was either start shooting the deer or buy fence......I bought fence lol. I surrounded not only the entire kiwi trellis area with the fence I went around the adjacent four rows of blackberries as well. It was hot work this week but it is up and now the plants will be able to grow unmolested. Not sure if they will ever fruit but I love to experiment.


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I planted a Kiwi vine in a pot in my deck to grow in a trellis. It was slow growing when I started to fertilize with the pulp of my morning fruit juice of vegetables (Kale green, red beets, parsnip, brocolis, aspargus, apple, etc, etc) and all of a sudden it raced up the trellis with huge leaves, beautiful green and robust. This was during the summer, and when I traveled in Early October for 4 days, there was a lot of rain and wind. When I returned all the leaves had fallen and were brownish... it was basically only the vine... I was devasted and I am trying to recuperate my plant. There are some leaves back but very soft (not stead as they were) and as if it weak and dying.

Even when they were growing fast and beautiful, there was always some leaves getting brown on the borders like if burnt by cold (not possible) or bitten by caterpillar...

Does anyone know what could have happened and what can I do? It is in a large pot (is it not appropriate?), humid. HELP!!!


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worry not, mine did the same thing. Kiwi fruit vines lose their leaves in fall and go dormant. We should see an explosion of new growth in the spring (and hopefully some fruit).

http://landscaping.about.com/od/vineplants1/p/kiwis.htm


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I have four artic kiwi vines that I initially planted in one area and left them there for about five years - no blooms or fruit. Later I moved them to a better location in an effort to improve their performance. They have been in this location now for about four years. I built a nice trellis for them this year and I have great growth out of all plants. This year I again had no blooms or fruit. Will they ever produce?


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I went to a nursery in Gainesville that grows various fruits. She said she was never able to get kiwi to bloom and produce fruit. I figure if the professionals can't I won't bother to try.


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I started this thread over a year ago and...no fruit. Mine grew just fine last summer, lost its foliage in the winter and went dormant, then never came out of it.

Will give it another month and if no new foliage I'm pulling it out of the ground. Think I can return it to Lowes? :)


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Photobucket my "arctic kiwi...nice vine, no fruit, luckily i got it half price a couple of years ago, comes back each year.......Lowes....m


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