Growing Kiwi from Seed - Cold stratify seed in refrigerator for 2-3 weeks - Use a good commercial seed starting mix, all home centers and nurseries sell it - Fill seed starting tray or small plastic plant pot with mix 1 inch from top of Zephlcontainer - Thoroughly moisten soil but leave no standing water - Sprinkle seed on soil, cover lightly with starting mix and mist with water - Cover container with plastic wrap to prevent soil from drying out - Keep seed container in warm area, 70 degrees F. is desired for germination of kiwi seeds - Keep soil moist during germination period (usually 30 days, depending on temperature maintained during germination period, it may take longer) - When sprouts appear place container under light for at least 14 hours a day - When seedlings begin to grow, the first two leaves that appear are cotyledons. The next leaf will look like a kiwi leaf - After the first few true kiwi leaves appear, carefully transplant the new kiwi into a separate pot. After danger of frost, harden vine in pot by placing it outside, trans- plant vine to permanent location with fence or trellis available to promote vine growth, after "hardening off" is complete
Climbing vine from East Asia, grown for its handsome leaves, green tipped with white or pink. Variegation develops as the plant grows, rarely evident in very young plants. Fruit not produced commercially but, if both male and female plants present, it produces edible fruit. The female plant produces medium sized, non-fuzzy delectable fruit that can be eaten like grapes. Fruit ripens in early September. Vines begin yielding fruit approximately 3 years after planting.
Plant in full sun to partial shade in any well-drained loamy soil that should not dry out. Prune in winter as necessary. Vines become heavy so provide support. There is little need for fertilizer. Propagate from seed sown in spring or autumn - seeds require about 1 month to germinate.
Expect vines to grow 20-35 feet long and spread across up to 20 feet, less invasive than other varieties, Arctic Beauty's well mannered growth habit is easily trained and ideal for trellis or fence. Germination tips included below for you to read now and print when seeds arrive. Seller does not add tracking number to shipped items and ships to US only - no international orders please.