Post by philagardener on Feb 20, 2019 21:06:18 GMT -5
Good for William! I started seedlings from the golden kiwi and hardy kiwi last year - easy to germinate. The former probably isn't going to make it here but the latter is reputably cold hardy. Remember that eventually you (he) will need to have at least one male and female plant to get fruit.
Fedco trees sells hardy kiwi vines of several varieties, apparently they do fine in most of Maine, so they should be OK for you, diane. Don't be fooled by the tiny little seeds, though--they reputedly grow into enormous, powerful vines that can pull down small trees. They need sturdy structures to grow on. And yes, the plants have genders. Sometimes they can be quite pretty, with variegated leaves and nice flowers, even the males (or so I've heard ).
Growing in a coastal zone 7a in the Northern Hemisphere. Hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. Plenty of rain. Sandy loam topsoil over clay subsoil, whatever the glacier left behind when it made Long Island.