So how can kiwi farmers grow these little fruits? Well, you can purchase these fruit at a fruit farm, or you can grow them yourself. These fruits are mainly grown in New Zealand and California for the most part, so obviously they require a very warm growing medium. Here’s some home care tips for caring for your kiwi.
First of all, one thing that many people don’t know is that the vine will start to grow back even before the kiwi plant has completely produced all of its fruit. This means that they have to be picked regularly during their growing season, which really slows things down. If you’re going to be picking the vines, be sure to go ahead and be patient. This is probably the reason most people never get around to pruning their kiwi plants.
There are two popular ways to grow your kiwi plant, in a container (which is the best way) or in a plastic fruit basket. You should be careful when pruning your kiwi plant with the plastic container because if you prune too soon it will make the plant goes into over-flowering, which is bad news for your wallet. When pruning your kiwi plant with a container, it’s generally best to only remove the main stem of the vine if you plan on trimming it back to any meaningful length. If you leave the rest of the vine in the pot, it will pretty much stay alive, but it will be fairly inactive.
If you’re planting in a container, the first step is to remove the young roots from the main stem and use a sharp knife to cut the branch at the base. Then, remove the whole thing and any extra green matter on the surface. Now you can harvest the kiwi seeds at any time during the season by simply removing the container and separating the young plants from the rest of the crop. This is really easy to do and doesn’t take up a lot of your time once you get the hang of it.
When you’re planning to pick and eat your kiwi fruits, there are two methods you can employ. The first is to prune the plants to maturity before picking and the second is to wait until the fruits are fully ripe for eating. Whichever you choose, you must always prune the plants just before frost. This will ensure that your little buds are fully developed and ready for harvesting. Frost also does wonders for kiwi plant health, ensuring that the plants don’t dry out.
If you are going to start out your kiwi plant life in a container, it’s best to plant it about one to two feet deeper than the largest pot you can fit into your window. Keep in mind that mature plants should be planted in pots, not directly onto the soil. A shallow pot will allow roots to stretch out, so they will have more room to spread. After the root ball has formed on the bottom of the container, you can then add a couple of pips of compost and water to help the roots settle down. Once you have the container settled, you’re ready to get started!