How To Grow Hardy Kiwi In Your Garden

Written by: Lars Nyman

Growing Hardy Kiwi

Growing Hardy Kiwi

Growing hardy kiwi is an exciting venture for any home gardener looking to enjoy a delicious and unique fruit. Not only are they full of essential vitamins and minerals, kiwis are also attractive, self-pollinating plants that require minimal space or effort to maintain. While growing hardy kiwi may seem like an intimidating task for someone with no gardening experience, this blog post will outline the essential steps and techniques to ensure your kiwi vines bear sweet and healthy fruits in no time!

Cheatsheet: Growing Hardy Kiwi in Your Garden


🌱 Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil

⏳ Plant in early spring for optimal growth

💦 Provide regular watering to keep soil moist


🏋️‍♀️ Install a sturdy trellis or arbor for climbing vines

🌿 Ensure support structure can handle heavy fruit load


🌳 Use balanced fertilizer with a higher nitrogen content

🔁 Apply monthly during the growing season


🐝 Attract pollinators by planting nearby flowers

🙌 Ensure male and female plants are within 50 feet


✂️ Trim back excess growth in late winter or early spring

🌿 Remove dead or damaged branches for healthier plants

Pests & Diseases

🐜 Monitor for pests like aphids and Japanese beetles

🌿 Prevent fungal diseases by providing good airflow


🥝 Pick fruits when color turns from green to brown

🍴 Enjoy delicious and nutritious kiwis fresh or in recipes

Fun Fact

🌍 Kiwifruit contains more vitamin C than oranges!

I've been asked many times, "what's the most unusual fruit you've grown in your garden?" Answer: Hardy kiwi. These versatile vine fruits are just what you need if you're up for a bit of a challenge in growing hardy kiwi.

Understanding Hardy Kiwi

You're probably wondering, what exactly makes a kiwi hardy? It's quite simple. Unlike its supermarket siblings, the hardy kiwi, Actinidia arguta, endures in temperate climates. And they are sweeter and smaller than regular kiwi, eaten whole like grapes.

Site Selection and Preparation

For any fruit to thrive, the 'right spot' is crucial. For hardy kiwis, they love the sun but appreciate a little afternoon shade. My vines do best on the northern or western side of the garden.

After selecting the site, thorough ground preparation is key. Incorporating well-rotted organic matter into the soil ensures the precious vines get the right nutrition from their homes. Trust me, I’ve seen how nutrient-rich soils make all the difference in growing hardy kiwi.

Planting Process

With the ground smiling, now comes the seedling. I generally plant in late winter or early spring, when the soil is manageable. You'll want to make sure you have both males and females for pollination; one male can service up to eight females.

Caring for Your Hardy Kiwi

Having planted your kiwis, it's time to tend to them. A good watering schedule is vital. For my garden, I find that deep watering every week keeps the plant satisfied. But be careful not to overwater - it leads to root rot and all sorts of complications.

Regular pruning keeps your kiwi in shape. Snip off unruly shoots and let the vine channel its energy to fruit production. Oh, and remember to offer support to this vigorous climber; a trellis or pergola works well.

Problems You Might Encounter

For the most part, hardy kiwis are resistant to diseases. However, they do have their nemesis: Phytophthora. This root rot fungus was a pain in my early days of growing hardy kiwi. Damp, poorly drained soils are their playground. If you're planting in such a spot, consider raised beds or containers.

"In a decade of growing hardy kiwi, I've only lost three plants, all to Phytophthora. It's a stubborn adversary but one you can keep at bay with the right preventive measures."

The Fruits of Your Labour

Given the right conditions and care, you'll have a bounty of delicious, vitamin C-packed fruits in three to five years. Their peak season is in early fall when they drop from the vines. Oh, the satisfaction of biting into a fresh kiwi that started as a tender shoot in your garden...There's nothing quite like it.

So go ahead, bring in some 'kiwi charm' to your backyard. Whether it's for the burst of tangy sweetness in every bite, or the splendid addition to your garden landscape, growing hardy kiwi is unquestionably delightful.


1. When is the best time to plant hardy kiwi?

The best time to plant hardy kiwi is in the early spring or late fall.

2. What type of soil does hardy kiwi prefer?

Hardy kiwi prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.

3. How much sunlight does hardy kiwi need?

Hardy kiwi thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

4. Does hardy kiwi require a trellis?

Hardy kiwi is a vine and needs a trellis or support structure to grow properly.

5. How often should hardy kiwi be watered?

Hardy kiwi should be watered regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

6. Does hardy kiwi need to be fertilized?

Hardy kiwi benefits from an annual application of balanced fertilizer in early spring.

7. How long does it take for hardy kiwi to start producing fruits?

Hardy kiwi typically begins to produce fruits within 2-3 years after planting.

8. Can hardy kiwi be grown in containers?

Hardy kiwi can be grown in containers, but larger pots are recommended to accommodate its vigorous growth.

Growing Hardy kiwi is an incredibly rewarding experience with huge health benefits and endless cooking possibilities. besides adding freshness and flavor to your dishes, the nutritious and delicious fruit is also a great way to get your family and friends involved in gardening. with the right care and time, hardy kiwi can thrive in any environment and make a wonderful addition to any garden.

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