It’s June, the Kiwis are blooming, and you should know that this is the best season to sort out your Kiwi Vine gender issues. Kiwi Vines are “dioecious” (Greek for “two households”), which basically means that the male and female flowers are borne on different plants, but the female plants need to be in the general proximity of a male in order to set fruit. The problem is that many people have no idea if their Kiwis are male or female, or as an extension of that, why their plants bloom heavily every year but never set fruit. There is a quick way this time of year to find out if your Kiwi Vines are appropriately paired, and that is to take a quick look at the flowers as they are blooming and identify the gender of your plants to make sure that both sexes are present. As usual, we have developed an info sheet that gives you an up close and personal look at the topic in question. It can be found here.
January Garden Tips
- Take hard wood cuttings of deciduous trees and shrubs for propagating.
- Avoid walking on frosty lawns.
- Apply dormant spray on roses and peaches.
- Order seed catalogs.
- Force cuttings of early bloomers like forsythia, and flowering quince to remind yourself of the great things to come!