How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Kiwifruit
Pest management: Kiwifruit
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
- Kiwifruit Varieties for Planting in the Home Garden, Paul Vossen, Sonoma and Marin Co. UCCE
- Kiwifruit in California, UC Davis Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
- Kiwifruit, California Rare Fruit Growers
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.