Growing Your Own Kiwi: A Comprehensive Guide


For many, the term "kiwi" immediately conjures images of the sweet, tangy flesh of the fruit. But did you know you can cultivate this delectable delight right in your own backyard, even in a container? Here's your comprehensive guide on how to grow Kiwi in pots.

Introducing Hardy Kiwis:
Known to be smaller than their common counterparts, hardy kiwis are a common find in stores. Unique to these fruits is their dioecious nature, which requires planting at least one male for every 8-10 female plants to ensure fruiting.

If you're a novice, the Ananasnaya variety is a great starting point due to its robust growth and aromatic fruits. For earlier yields, go with the Geneva variety. Dumbarton Oaks is prized for high yields, Michigan State for cold-resistance and larger fruits, Ken's Red for its striking appearance, and Issai as a self-fertile variant.

Kiwi Propagation: Seed or Cutting?
Both seeds and cuttings can be used, but note that fruiting will typically take 3-5 years. While seeds are easily available, cuttings often yield superior plants. If you're aiming for fruiting, ensure both male and female plants are present.

Pro-tip: For a quicker start, pick a self-pollinating potted plant from a nursery.

Choosing Your Container:
Kick off with a 12-14 inch pot with good drainage. As the vine matures, you may need to transfer it to a bigger container, handling the root ball with care.

Supporting Your Kiwi:
Kiwi vines, potentially reaching lengths of 25-30 feet, need robust support. Consider patio overboards, sturdy trellises, or even balcony and rooftop setups.

Essentials for Potted Kiwis:

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