UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA


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How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Kiwifruit

Pest management: Kiwifruit

The Basics

When to plant: January - March (bareroot)

Harvest window: October - November, depending on variety

Fertilization: Regular nitrogen feeding during first half of growing season

Annual care overview:

  • Provide sturdy trellis or arbor for the wide-spreading (up to 30') deciduous vine
  • Ensure fruiting (female) vine has a male pollinator
  • Irrigate regularly in well-drained, slightly acidic (pH 5.5-6.5) soil
  • Monitor and control for common pests & diseases, such as looper worms, Omnivorous Leaf Roller, small white scale, and crown rot

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Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

Abbott, Bruno, Chico, Hayward, Monty and Vincent.  Note that kiwifruit must have one male vine per up to 8 female (fruiting) vines.

* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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