How to Grow a Kiwi! From Seed to Plant – Do it at home
Kiwifruit is rich in nutrients which can protect your body from many diseases, it can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, boost energy and improve your overall health. Fortunately, you can grow this delicious and healthy fruit in your home. Here is how:
Things you’ll need
- Organic kiwi. This is a step-by-step method for sprouting which can work for all varieties of kiwifruit.
- A small cup or container to keep the kiwi seeds in for the first week of their germination.
- Paper towels, a plate, and a clear plastic container to create a mini greenhouse for the process of germination
- Potting soil. Try to use one with a blend of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and organic fertilizer.
- Containers/pots. A container (with drainage holes) that is 2-3” deep and an inch or two in diameter will be sufficient for sprouting; however, the seedlings will eventually need to be re-potted into larger containers in order to continue growing. The size of the container is up to you, but I suggest a rather large pot since kiwi vines get quite big and re-potting intertwined vines is not always a simple task.
- Sun exposure or a grow light. Kiwi vines need lots of light, especially when sprouting. If you don’t have enough natural sunlight you will likely need to supplement some of it with a grow light.
Method for sprouting kiwi seeds:
- Take an organic kiwifruit and scoop the seeds out of it, then clean them by rinsing off all of the fruit. The easiest way to do this is to place them in a small cup, add water, swish them around in it and then strain the water out. Repeat the procedure a few times until they are entirely clean.
- Fill the mug or the container with lukewarm water and add the kiwi seeds. Put them in a warm place like in front of a heater, on top of a computer, or on a warm window sill. The kiwi seeds should remain in the water for about one week, until they start to open. Change the water once a day to prevent from bacteria.
- When the seeds begin to open, place them to their mini greenhouse. Dip paper towel with lukewarm water and put it on the plate. Spread the germinating seeds on the paper towel, cover them with a plastic container and place them in a warm, sunny spot. Make some holes in the plastic container to allow airflow. The seeds will sprout fast in these conditions. After two days in the greenhouse, the kiwi seeds will be ready for planting.
- When the seeds are sprouted, it`s time to plant. Prepare the container well before planting. Put some soil into a bucket and mix in some water until it is damp all the way through.
- Fill the container with the pre-moistened soil. Leave about an inch of space below the edge ofthe container.
- Plant the seeds. Sprinkle the seeds into one or more pots. Make sure they`re at least a few inches apart. Also, you can put each seed into a small pot to make the transplanting process easier, or you can split seven sprouted kiwi seeds between two pots. Cover the pots with a thin soil layer. All seeds should be planted at a depth of about twice their length.
- When you finish planting, water thoroughly with a squirt bottle or gentle watering can and place the pot or container in a warm, sunny place. If your house is too cold, cover the top of the pot(s) with clear plastic with holes punched into it and secure with an elastic band. This will maintain the greenhouse effect and can be left on until you see your sprouts emerge from the soil.
- Further on, provide them with:
The soil must be damp all the time, particularly if the kiwi sprouts are still young. Do not allow them to sit in a puddle of stagnant water though;
The ideal place is a warm sunny window where they will receive plenty of direct sunlight every day. If a consistently sunny window is not possible, a grow light is also an option.
In order to keep your kiwi vines healthy and growing, the soil will have to be replenished with nutrients. It should be fed with an organic fertilizer, such as compost or vermicompost, once it has developed a nice little set of leaves. Dig a little trench around the base of the vines, fill it with compost and water it well. Or, serve it up as compost tea. Try to feed the vines a few times each year or as needed, but do not overfeed.
Spend some time looking at them. Get into the habit of watching for browning leaves and checking the underside of leaves for pests.