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Very small kiwis

Very small kiwis

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Question: why are my kiwis so small?

Hi, I read all the articles about the kiwi and its cultivation. I have some plants, the fruiting is luxuriant, but the ripe fruits are very small, about like a cherry. I also tried to thin them out during growth, leaving one of each cluster of three but without improvement compared to previous years. Tips? Thanks in advance. Regards

Very small kiwis: Answer: grow kiwis

Dear William,
generally the motivations for very small fruits can be some, not knowing where, in what position and for how long you cultivate your kiwis, it becomes difficult to give you suitable suggestions for your case.
perhaps your plants are placed in an excessively sunny position, or subject to strong winds, which quickly dry the soil; in both cases, your plants may need more watering. Consider that most of the kiwis grown in Italy are planted in areas with a fairly mild climate, not characterized by very strong summer heat, and the plants can enjoy a few hours of shade, to cool off from the summer heat. Watering must be very regular, and the soil very well drained, in this way the plants can enjoy the water without stagnation.
In addition to water, it could be a problem related to fertilizing; in general the orchard is fertilized in autumn and spring, using manure, which is spread around the stem, and lightly hoe, to make it penetrate into the ground. If you haven't, you can spread a slow release granular fertilizer around the plant; when the plant already has the fruits, it is good to use a fertilizer rich in potassium, and poor in nitrogen, to favor the development of the fruits. If you do not find a slow release granular fertilizer, you can use one of those to dissolve in water, every 12-15 days, to be provided with watering (it is clear that if you have many plants, it becomes a huge job, so it's better to look for the slow release fertilizer, which should be spread once every 4 months at the feet of the plants). It may also be that your plants are placed in an area with a not too hot summer climate, or a lot in the shade; kiwis do not like a torrid summer file, but neither do they like fresh; so if you live in the mountains you can place them in the full sun, if you live on the plains keep them semi-shaded, but with a few hours of direct sunlight a day.
If you then cultivate your kiwifruit in pots, you should know that to have healthy plants and large fruits, you need huge tanks, whose soil needs to be tended every year.