IS THAT A KIWI IN MY GAR­DEN?

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Kiwi berries (ac­tini­dia arguta), some­times called “hardy kiwi”, pro­duce hair­less mini ver­sions of ki­wifruit. If you cut open a kiwi berry it looks very sim­i­lar to a ki­wifruit, with dark seeds ar­ranged in a cir­cu­lar pat­tern. The skin is ed­i­ble and the berry it­self has a taste like kiwi fruit and is packed with vi­ta­mins and an­tiox­i­dants. Kiwi berry plants are vig­or­ous de­cid­u­ous vines that can grow many me­tres long, how­ever can be pruned to a man­age­able size and be trained across a fence or up and over a per­gola. They’re suited to tem­per­ate zones and will still pro­duce fruit with­out a pol­li­nat­ing part­ner. Pot­ted kiwi berries can be planted dur­ing spring and ma­ture plants will pro­duce fruit dur­ing late sum­mer and au­tumn. To pro­mote healthy vine growth and en­cour­age lots of flow­ers and berries, feed plants reg­u­larly with a potas­sium en­riched com­plete plant food.

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