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Growing kiwi fruit: a perfect pairing

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Kiwi Hayward
Kiwi Hayward. Picture; Lubera

Why it takes two to make kiwi fruit

Love kiwi fruit? Then you need this perfect pairing from fruit specialists Lubera. The kiwi is not self-fertile, so needs male and female plants to set and bear fruit.

Female Kiwi Hayward has a great partner in the male Kiwi Tomuri. Hayward and Tomuri take a while to get going (don’t we all) but once established, there is a regular yield every year of large fruits.

And you don’t have to wait as long for fruit as standard kiwis – thanks to propagation by cuttings, Lubera’s kiwis now start to bear fruit earlier (after two to four years).

Here are the facts on the couple:

Kiwi flowers
Kiwi flowers. Picture; Lubera

Kiwi Hayward (female)
Maturity: From the end of October, early November
Fruits: Very large, drum-shaped fruits.
Flavour: Better than shop bought.
Yield: Due to the high fertility, the kiwi plants should be thinned out; leave one fruit only every 20cm.
Growth/health: In the first years, winter protection is advised.
Botanical name: Actinidia chinensis/deliciosa.
Price: On a bamboo stake in a 5l pot, approx. 1.2m, price £17.40.

Kiwi Tomuri (male)
Growth/health: Medium strong, healthy.
Care: Prune as little as possible in the early years; only when the pollinator plant has begun to bloom, then it can be kept somewhat smaller.
Botanical name: Actinidia chinensis/deliciosa.
Price: On a bamboo stake in a 5l pot, approx. 1.2m: price £17.40.

For more details, visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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