Kiwi Farming Guide

Introduction

Kiwi is a deciduous vine fruit crop that is also popular as “Chinese Gooseberry.”  They are wonderful source of Vitamin B and C, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

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Soil

Deep, rich, and well drained sandy loam soil is ideal. Soil pH should be between 6.5 to 7.3. Soil pH more than 7.3 can result in lesser yield.

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Climate

Kiwi fruit vine is a temperate season crop. It can not withstand frost but 800 chilling hours is required to cultivate kiwi.

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Propagation

Propagating kiwi vines from cutting or grafting is considered best for farming practices. Plant 5 female plants for one male plant.

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Variety

Abbott, Allison, Bruno, Hayward, and Monty are the famous varieties of Kiwi. Select variety that are suitable for growing in your region.

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Planting Season

The best season for kiwi plantation is during spring season.  You can start plantation from late January to March. For plantation adopt T-bar or Pergola system.

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Irrigation

Annual rainfall of 150 centimetres/year is sufficient to cultivate kiwi. During summer season, irrigate daily or at a gap of two days.

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Fertilizers

You can apply fertilizers twice in a year. Give first application during March to April. Apply 20 Kilograms of Farm Yard Manure every year as basal doze.

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Harvesting

4 to 5 years after plantation, kiwi vines will start bearing fruits.  From a single vine of kiwi fruit you can harvest around 50 to 100 Kilograms of Kiwi.

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Read More:

Complete Kiwi Farming Guide

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