Kiwiberry fruit vine seedling plant just had to buy one

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  1. Mark

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    I just had an impulse buy and purchased a few kiwiberry vines - here are the ones I got on eBay - (scroll down when you hit the page to see the product description about the plant).

    The taste is very similar to a standard kiwi fruit but the kiwiberry doesn't need peeling and can be eaten just like a standard berry skin and all! We really like them as a fruit - about the size of a large grape - and they don't last very long in our home.

    Last year I tried to grow some out of the seeds I collected from some berries I purchased at the shops but none of the seeds germinated (apparently they can take awhile to get started) so I decided to track down some plants this year.

    It's a vine plant (a climber) so it needs trellising and unlike the standard kiwi fruit is self-fertile so it doesn't require a male and a female plant to set fruit, which is handy.

    The vines should start fruiting in the second year if all goes well.

    I'm not sure how kiwiberry plants will grow in a subtropical climate but I won't die wondering :)

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    Looks awesome. If it's as prolific as passionfruit, you'll be enjoying them in no time.
     
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    Toowoomba is almost the perfect climate to grow anything and add to this the volcanic soil she's a gardeners paradise! I'm sure you'd easily grow them and they seem to be pretty prolific yes but I'm yet to experience growing them first hand though...
     
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    My Kiwiberry seedlings have arrived (about a week ago now) and I was very impressed about the packaging and condition of the plants - I recommend this eBay seller.

    The seedlings are actually quite large and well matured so I expect they should get off to a good start in the garden.
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    The plants were wrapped in wet shredded paper and contained in a plastic bag.

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    I have planted one under my water tank near my vegetable garden it should hopefully climb up the tank wall with the reo mesh I have and look nice. I'm thinking of planting the other two down the back of the vege patch on the reo tunnel trellis.

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    They look great to plant and great to eat. I hope pests aren't keen on them.
    Thanks for sharing, I'll be looking up this eBay seller...
     
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    I'll be following how they go, sounds awesome. Do they have the same nutritional properties and the standard Kiwi?
     
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    I suspect being a soft berry the animals will be keen to eat them so this will be the challenge.

    They should do because they taste almost identical to a kiwifruit just slightly sweeter.
     
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    Hey Mark, did you say you bought some fruit the actual berries from the shops, if so where did you get them? Be nice to give them a try
     
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    Health and nutrition aspects:

    http://www.kiwiberry.com/nutrition.htm

    P.S. Mark I couldn't find them at your link?

    Cheers


    P.S. do you need male and female plants like full sized kiwis?

    [quote}Hardy kiwi vines do require a male pollinator, at least one for every eight females. As wind is the primary pollinator, plant the male to the west or the direction of the prevailing wind. [/quote]
     
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    Yes, the link in the first post Kiwiberry fruit vine seedling plant just had to buy one is current - just scroll down once you get to the eBay page to see the plant description.

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    No they apparently do not need a male...
    They sell them at the IGA and also Wollies in the fresh berry section (sometimes in an open fridge) you only tend to see them a few times a year though.
     
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    Nope, all sold. :(

    "This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available."
     
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    Thanks...but just a 'bit' of price difference. :)
     
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    Yeah but you could contact them and ask if they will sell smaller lots.
     
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    Oh, sorry, I didn't see that it was for 5 plants. :blush:
     
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    That's a shame! Hopefully, they'll release some more plants soon then...

    If my plants are successful and I can strike them from seed easy enough I'll be happy to send them out for free (not to WA or Tas :))

    Having said that, I do have to grow mine first so it could take 18 months before seeing any fruiting.

    I think the seeds need to be chilled (or is best chilled) before sowing. I did try squishing one berry in some seed raising mix last year but nothing came up.
     
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    How are these going Mark?
     
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    Very slowly! Lost all the leaves through winter so must definitely be deciduous but its slow growth is concerning me :(
     
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    I bought mine from Daleys as recommended, with a male and this year pulled both out. The male was way to prolific and the female just leaves. I had it 3 years, and think it wasnt cold enough, or didnt wait long enough, so put a seedless red grape instead during winter, after I read Marks grape article. It is now starting to leaf, hopefully it will do better
     
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    Hmmm, that worries me because I'm sceptical also and am wondering if I made a mistake trying to grow them.

    My Kiwi berry plants were sold as "self-fertile" but only time will tell if this is actually the case... :dunno:

    In my case, the plants (unlike yours) are really slow to establish so I will have to wait a long time it seems to find out if they will actually fruit - that's if they make it.
     
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