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Old June 4th, 2004, 09:13 PM
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What is the sex of my kiwi plant?

I have recently been given a kiwi plant. I know that I will need another plant of the opposite sex to the one that I have received, but I do not know the sex of my plant. Can you please let me know as to how I could identify its sex. Thanks.

Rubin M. Feldman.
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Old June 7th, 2004, 09:36 AM
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Hi Rubin:

You asked a very tough question to answer. It used to be that
I could tell a male from a female by the shape and coloring
of the leaves. The males generally have a more vibrant green
coloration. Now, with the advent of Kiwi crosses, hardy
versus non-hardy, fuzzy versus smooth skin, that issue has
become clouded for me with my being out of touch with this
fruit for about 12 years. There was a variety in the nursery
trade years ago that was self fertile, meaning it could produce
fruit without a male counterpart but I will have to do some
real digging to find the name of it.

I have not been able to find an answer for you online either
from a variety of sources. I always felt the size of the flowers
on the males could tell me what I needed to know as far as the
sex of the plant.

Here are some URLs for you to look at. I think the only
real way to know if your plant is a male or a female is to
see it in bloom.





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Old July 14th, 2005, 05:39 AM
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Re: What is the sex of my kiwi plant?

Hi Rubin
The Kiwi's I Have Are Actinidia Arguta About 8 Different Ones. Males Meader And 74-46. Tripple Brook Farm In Southampton Ma Has A Large Amount Of Different Plants. The Only Way I Can Tell The Difference Is By The Flowers. The Kiwi's I Have Are The Hardy Ones And There Are All Kinds Of Them.
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