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« on: February 22, 2011, 20:36 »
Does anyone have any advice regarding kiwi plants? I have two which are in pots at the moment and I was wondering if it was possible to put them in the ground to train them up a trellis. Are they fully hardy enough to cope with our winters? At present I move them into my polytunnel to over-winter. They are about three years old. Thanks for any help.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 21:26 »
What variety are they?

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2011, 21:27 »
I'm listening.

On impulse Mrs Digger made me buy some seeds at the Eden Project last year.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2011, 21:34 »
I'm on a 3-line-whip to grow some too. I figure that we need Boy + Girl in the greenhouse (as the self fertile ones seem to crop much less reliably / vigorously) - but I also think that the greenhouse Sweetcorn crop will suffer as a result.

Maybe the answer is to just buy another Kew-sized greenhouse for the Kiwis? :D

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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2011, 21:37 »
Sorry Kristen,I've no idea what variety they are due to them being an impulse buy at Aldi.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 21:40 »
Looks like a year for Kiwi experiments!

(At the same time sparing a thought for our Kiwi cousins in Christchurch).

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2011, 21:51 »
Amen to that DD  :(

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2011, 22:09 »
I have one in the garden that is climbing up a trelis. I got it as a freebie last summer and seems to still be alive after the snow. The one I have is called 'Jenny'.

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2011, 22:10 »
Sorry Kristen,I've no idea what variety they are due to them being an impulse buy at Aldi.

Do you remember buying Male + Female, or a self-fertile variety?

I reckon the most likely type would be self fertile (I can't see Aldi faffing about with "Buy both male and Female" - unless they were packaged as a single unit?) and probably Jenny 0 which is somewhat less hardy than the usual Male + Female combis and (so I read) doesn't crop as well. But if you get a decent number of fruits I expect that is all just splitting-hairs.

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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2011, 10:08 »
We had one for a few years, self fertile but can't remamber which. It became a bit of a thug and grew like a triffid one year so OH got fed up and chopped it off! Never flowered though.

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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 11:05 »
Kristen,I agree that places like Aldi aren't likely to faff about with male/female combis. I will assume the kiwi's are self-fertile and hardy enough to cope with our winter months. When I bought them and a couple of pomegranates,neither had names attached,nor was there any info on how to look after them. I'm not sure who's to blame,me for buying blind or Aldi for selling without info! Hey,hey......thanks anyway  ::)

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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2011, 11:35 »
I'm not sure who's to blame,me for buying blind or Aldi for selling without info!

So long as they grow, and fruit, and taste good (which I expect they will) the rest is pretty incidental I reckon - no doubt you were able to buy-cheap from Aldi :)



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