Growing Kiwi From Store Bought Kiwi Fruit: A Juicy Gardening Secret!

If you love kiwi fruit and have a bit of patience, here’s an exciting secret you’ll want to know: you can grow kiwi from store-bought kiwi! While it may take a few years before you can enjoy your home-grown kiwi fruit, the process is not complicated. In the meantime, there is still plenty to enjoy as you watch your kiwi plant thrive. Let’s dive into the delightful world of growing kiwi and uncover some juicy secrets along the way!

Kiwi’s are Beautiful Landscape Vines!

Before we dive into the step-by-step process of growing kiwi from seed, let’s take a moment to appreciate the sheer beauty of the kiwi vine. Contrary to popular belief, kiwis are vining plants, not trees. With their soft, velvety, heart-shaped leaves, kiwi vines add a touch of elegance to any landscape. The new stem growth can range from dark green to a luscious burgundy red, depending on the variety. During the spring, both male and female kiwi vines bear stunning white flowers that, when pollinated, become the delicious kiwi fruit. Even if your kiwi vine doesn’t bear fruit, it still makes for a gorgeous landscape plant. Just make sure to provide it with a strong support system and ample space to grow, as kiwi vines can reach up to 30 feet in length!

How to Grow Kiwi From Store Bought Fruit Seed (Actinidia deliciosa)

Now that we’ve admired the beauty of the kiwi vine, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of growing kiwi from store-bought fruit seed. First, take a look inside the kiwi fruit. Those countless black seeds are the key to growing more kiwi plants. Each seed has the potential to become a new plant, so it’s important to choose kiwi fruit labeled “organic” for stronger seed stock.

How to Harvest and Prepare Kiwi Seeds for Planting:

  1. Remove seeds from Kiwi fruit.
  2. Place kiwi seeds and water in a small blender to separate the gooey membrane from the seeds.
  3. Wash the seeds in a sink using a colander.
  4. Place the seeds on a damp paper towel and insert them into a plastic ziplock bag.
  5. Keep the bag in a warm spot and check daily until you see the seeds sprout. Ensure the paper towel stays moist at all times.
  6. Tear the paper towel into small pieces and plant a couple of the sprouted seedlings, along with the towel, into a small pot.

Stage 1 – Several Tiny Kiwi Plants in One Pot Starting to Grow

Once the seeds have sprouted, you’ll start seeing several tiny kiwi plants growing in one pot. At this stage, the plants rely on the energy stored in the seed for growth. Afterward, separate the little plants and place two of them in each pot.

Stage 2 – Kiwi Plant is Separated 2 Per Pot

After about three weeks, the kiwi plants will grow more leaves and start relying on photosynthesis for energy. They need plenty of light and consistent moisture to thrive.

Stage 3 – 1 Large Plant Per Pot

As the plants continue to grow more leaves, move them into individual pots. This stage is crucial because the plants will start growing rapidly. It’s also a good time to fertilize them with “starter fertilizer” to boost their nutrition.

Stage 4 – 2 Large, Mature Kiwi Vines – One Male, One Female

When the plants have grown significantly, they will begin to flower. This is an exciting time as you can determine whether a plant is male or female. To grow kiwi fruit, you’ll need at least one male plant for every five female plants to ensure successful pollination. Only the female plants bear fruit, while the male plants assist in pollination.

Fun Facts About Growing Kiwi

  • “How long do you have to wait for the first Kiwi fruits?” – 3-4 years
  • “Can you grow Kiwi in cold areas?” – Yes, cold-hardy varieties can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • “What month do you harvest Kiwi fruit?” – September-October
  • “How big does one vine get?” – Up to 30 feet long!

Embark on this exciting journey of growing your own kiwi fruit and enjoy the rewards in a few years. If you have any questions about growing kiwi, feel free to reach out. Happy gardening!

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