How to Grow Kiwi Berries

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How to Grow Kiwi Berries
Kiwi berries contain the same familiar starburst design as their kiwi fruit cousins. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Kiwi berries, which are also known as hardy kiwis, are fruit native to northeast Asia. The kiwi berries grow on vines, have smooth green skin and are the size of grapes. The interior of kiwi berries is similar to that of kiwi fruit. Kiwi berries are extremely resistant to cold temperatures and can withstand temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit when they are fully dormant, so they can be grown almost anywhere. The vines are grown on a trellis system.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Gravel
  • Tamp
  • Cement
  • Two 8-foot long 4-by-4 redwood or pressure-treated posts
  • Carpenter's level
  • 10 eyebolts
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Two fence anchors
  • Galvanised, high-tensile 12-gauge wire
  • Wooden stakes
  • Fertiliser

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Dig post holes for the trellis posts that are about 2 1/2 feet deep. Pour 6 inches of gravel into the holes and tamp it down.

  2. 2

    Prepare a batch of cement, following the instructions on the packaging. Pour the cement into the first hole until it's about halfway full.

  3. 3

    Place an 8-foot long 4-by-4 post of redwood or pressure-treated wood into the post hole. Check it for level (horizontally straight) and plumb (vertically straight), then fill the rest of the post hole with the cement. Check the post for level and plumb again. Set the other post using the same process, then allow the concrete to set for the time specified on the packaging.

  4. 4

    Screw eyebolts into the top edge of two 4-foot long crossbars cut from a 2-by-6 board. Place one eyebolt on each end, one in the centre and one between the centre and end eyebolts. You'll have five evenly spaced eyebolts on the top edge of each crossbar.

  5. 5

    Nail the crossbars to the top of the posts to form a "T."

  6. 6

    Screw a fence anchor into the ground 18 inches behind each post.

  7. 7

    Attach galvanised, high-tensile 12-gauge wire to one of the fence anchors, run it through the first eyebolt on each crossbeam and connect it to the other fence anchor. Repeat this for the other wires (five in total).

  8. 8

    Dig holes for the vines wide enough and just deep enough to cover the root system without bending it. Plant the vines in the holes and fill the holes with soil.

  9. 9

    Drive wooden stakes into the ground behind the vines when they begin to grow. Tie the vines to the stakes in order to "train" them to grow up toward the wiring. Prevent the vines from wrapping around the stakes by pruning any shoots that wrap around the stakes. This also directs the vine's energy into growing up toward the wire.

  10. 10

    Water the vines enough to keep the soil damp but not overly wet and apply fertiliser to the soil as needed. Contact your local nursery or lawn and garden centre for the correct information for your area.

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