How to Grow Kiwi
Hi, I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. Today I’m going to plant a kiwi vine. Kiwis are originally from Asia, but did you know that you can plant one right here in North America in your backyard? One kiwi vine will produce 50 100 pounds of fruit! Site selection is important. You want to put kiwis in full sun, but you don’t want to plant them in any kind of cold microclimate, because even though they’re hardy down to zone 4, which is about 30 degrees below zero, they can get frost damage after they break dormancy.
They must have well drained soil. Dig a hole the same size as the root system. So we’re going to put the kiwi in the hole and we don’t wanna add any fertilizer. These roots can easily be burned by nitrogen. Plant the kiwi to the same level it was planted in the nursery. Don’t mound up the the soil around the trunk, because that can kill the vine. Kiwis are vines and they’re trained and pruned like the Muscadine grapes, and if you’re only planting one like I am, make sure it’s self pollinating.
Pergolas, or a Tbar trellis, are the two most popular ways of trellising kiwis, but feel free to experiment. The only requirement is that you’re able to get to them to prune easily. Prune the vine back to a single cane and that’s going to be our trunk. Like a grape vine, a kiwi vine should be trained with a nice straight trunk. I’m putting in this bamboo stake to help train my little vine. Don’t allow your kiwi to wrap around the stake however. Make sure and give your kiwi fruit a lot of water. I’m installing this Olson sprinkler, which works great.
Your hardy kiwi vine will produce fuzzless fruit a little smaller than what you find in the grocery store, and if you need to protect it from frost after it breaks dormancy, try these Agribon frost blankets and Grow Organic for Life!.
How to Grow Passion Fruit for Fun and Profit
Alright, this is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens . Today we have another exciting episode for ya, and I’m still here on vacation in Maui having a wonderful time. And the reason I’m here is that I’m visiting a farm for you guys. It’s Ulu Meli Farms here in beautiful Maui, and it was actually kind of a funny story. I was at the Upcountry Farmer’s Market near Kula in Maui on Saturdayâ€”probably the best Farmer’s Market on the island that I’ve discovered, and I’d recommend you guys visit if you haven’t been there already, or when you visitâ€”and I met the farmers, and they knew who I was because they had watched my tutorials previously! So that was kind of funny, and we got to talking and now I’m.
At their farm checking out their grow of this unique tropical fruit. While they do have plenty of mango and lychee and avocado trees growing, this is a relatively new farm and they’re not up to their full production on those crops yet, although they are producing small amounts. One of the crops they are making a full production of currently is the lilikoi or passion fruit. So let’s go ahead and flip the camera around and show you guys how they’re growing the passion fruit, and what I want to do in this episode if give you guys some tips and tricks about growing passion fruit if you’ve never done it before from a commercial farmer. So as you guys can see, what I’m looking.
At now is basically the passion fruit vines behind be there. And these are all basically trellised up. That’s tip number one. You want to trellis up your passion fruit vines because otherwise they will get rambunctious and go all over and try to find something to climb up on. I grew some passion fruit at my place and unfortunately it wasn’t a good variety, it was like an ornamental variety of passion fruit, it didn’t make good fruit. So just recently I cut it out and that thing was a mess. It vined up on my roof and everywhere! So you could put it up on a hurricane fence or the outside border of your house like on barbed wire fencing along the outskirts of the house, which I.
Think is a good to fill upâ€¦create some privacyâ€¦ Plus create fruit on the outside of the property line which I’ve seen done in many places. They’re actually growing it on trellises in rows, and what I’m gonna do next is actually take you guys up there and show you guys some of the specific practices they’re doing to grow the passion fruit successfully, because it has fruited in nine months and they’re already up to full production. So whether you want to start a farm or have a little home garden, grow some passion fruit. They grow and yield very quickly. So now we’re in the orchard with all the passion fruit vines and a tip is trellis, trellis, trellis! as I mentioned. And they.
Built custom trellises to house these guys. Now while they could basically unroll some steel hardware fencing and grow these up that or grow these up some hog panels, they’ve done it more inexpensive and this is the way I’m gonna share with you guys. What they did was they took fourbyfour posts. They have them every twenty feet, sunk into the ground. Now I would minimally get twelve foot posts because the passion fruit will want to grow tall. But you also want to remember that you don’t want it too tall because you won’t be able to harvest them that easy if you’re gonna pick them off the vine. That being said, we’ll show you guys how to easily harvest them. But yeah, they have.
The fourbyfour posts every twenty feet, then about every, I dunno, six feet or so that have some smaller wooden stakes to provide some support to the wire as well as give the passion fruits something to grow up on. So what they have next is actually just bailing wire or wire between the posts pulled tightly space out about probably every foot to allow the passion fruit vine to climb up it so that they easily see all the fruits, easily have access to fruits as well as the vines. So now let’s go ahead and go over and take a look at how some of these vines are growing. So I’m standing in the middle of the passion fruit orchard and there’s posts basically every twenty feet all the way down. And each.
Row goes probably about a hundred and sixty feet. And they got five of these. And that’s literally enough production for them to make more than enough fruit for them to sell at the Farmer’s Market. One of the sad thing is about Hawaii is the majority of the tropical fruits grown on the islands is not able to get shipped to the mainland, so you’ll never get to taste these passion fruits or these lilikois unless you come to the islands, and specifically come to Maui, to taste these ones. I think some rules need to change. They have all these rules where you can’t ship or bring in trees and plants and fruits and stuff, because they have all these fruit flies and.