Kiwi bears no fruit - causes & tips for a profitable harvest


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If a kiwi flower blooms but does not produce any fruit, it can have several causes. We help you to find out the reason.

Always check the flowers

Now you have bought a beautiful kiwi plant that has grown older and is blooming beautifully, yet the fruits are still missing?

This is annoying, because actually you buy such a plant not only because it is beautiful to look at, but because it should bear fruit. But if she absolutely does not want to do that, then you have to go on a "search for clues" and find out the reason. The fact that kiwis do not bear fruit can have several causes.

Reasons why kiwis do not bear fruit

❶ it is a male kiwi:

First, check the flowers. So you can find out if the plant is self-fertile, feminine or masculine. It's not that hard to recognize. While the female flowers have a clearly visible, centrally placed ray pencil, this is severely stunted or even absent in the male. In addition, the latter have numerous stamens. First, take a look at your kiwi plants in peace and quiet.

If you come to the conclusion that you have a masculine kiwi, then you will have to wait in vain for a harvest, because only the female plants produce fruit. But a female plant alone is not enough. It needs a male specimen, which is responsible for the necessary pollination.

Unfortunately, it often happens that kiwi plants are sold as self-fertile. That is, they develop both female and male flowers. Also, you should check something more closely.

❷ too much or too little water:

If the basic requirements are a flowering female and a flowering male plant, or if the flowering kiwi is self-fertile, it must have another cause that the kiwi bears no fruit. A common reason for not developing fruits is e.g. in the drought, both long-lasting or temporary, which ensures in particular in spring for a discarding of the flowers. At the same time, however, too much water can damage the kiwi plant and prevent it from developing fruit.

❸ no pollination by insects:

Rarely does it happen that insects such as bumblebees and bees were not available for the necessary pollination of the kiwi flowers, whereby no fertilization could take place.

❹ different flowering times:

If the female and male plants bloom at different times, pollination is also excluded.

Das also the age of the plants plays a role:

In any case, young kiwi plants need patience. They rarely bear fruit before the age of three to four years, often much later.

❻ wrong care:

The location and proper care also play an important role in the development of the kiwi plant. Because kiwis are often cut back too much, so that a lot of wood develops, but the flowering is limited. The same can happen if you fertilize the plants with a lot of nitrogen. A late frost can be extremely dangerous for the flower buds, as it can easily freeze them.

Kiwis basically need an acidic soil (pH between 4.5 and 5.5) in order to develop optimally. With calcareous soil or a lack of trace elements not even flowers can form.

Small tips for a big harvest:

  1. Always keep kiwis moist.
  2. Garden, terrace and balcony make for bumble bees and bees attractive.
  3. Cover the plant with fleece in winter and protect against frost.
  4. Check pH value and fertilize accordingly. But beware: Kiwis are sensitive to chloride, therefore use chloride-free fertilizer.

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