If winter lasts too long gardener develop funny ideas. Why not growing something yourself from seeds or cores? This time, it's the Kiwi 's turn. But before the specific instructions, a few more information about the kiwi:
The kiwi is a climbing plant that grows abundantly in the German climate. But in order to get fruits, you need at least two kiwi plants. A female and a male. They must be in close proximity so that they can pollinate. There are also self-pollinating varieties commercially offered in some garden shops. But anyway- it takes several years until kiwis show their first flowers.
Moreoover the Kiwi belongs to the plants that bleed extremely when they are cut at the wrong time. Similar to the wine it should definitely be cut before the juice pressure increases in spring . For the kiwi this is the case about the end of January.
But now to the instruction on how Kiwis are breeded. This is very simple and the success rate goes up to 100 percent, even if the small seedlings are very sensitive.
First, a few Kiwi cores, of a fully ripe fruit are taken out and the slimy layer around is removed. This works very well with a paper towel or a dish towel. A little rub and they're clean. This is very important because this layer prevents the germination process.
Now take low-nutrient potting soil and put in the kiwi cores. They must be on top, because kiwis need a small amount of light to germinate. However, a tiny layer of potting soil over it keeps the moisture better. And then of course, put in a bright place.
Now about 2 weeks patience is needed until the kiwi cores germinate. Meanwhile, the earth is to be kept very moist, but not wet. Very suitable is a repurposed spray bottle from the household. After a period of about 8-14 days, the first kiwi seedlings will grow.
When they became so large that they oppress each other, the Kiwi-Kids must be seperated in individual pots. Still in low-nutrient potting soil, because this promotes root growth, instead of the leaf mass. So you get strong little plants, instead of labile green stuff.
If you use normally fertilized potting soil it may happen that the plants perish at their uneven growth. In this case the under-developed roots can not supply the excessive leaf green. Then the germ will possibly die before it reached a thumbs size.
The photo of our home-grown kiwi plant shows the size of about 20 centimeters in the fall, just before the drop off of the leaves. But its seeds were yet brought to germinate in the summer. If you plant the seed already in early spring your kiwi plant will be significantly larger in autumn.
So have fun , with your own kiwi plantation!