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why do I get blossom drop

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Kiwi fruit growing outside East Coast Scotland(Angus)




Looks like a male flower. What variety is this? You need either a bona fide female to go with it or a self fertile variety such as 'Jenny' or 'Solo' that produce both male and female flowers on the same plant and will self set if you are wanting fruit.

15 Aug, 2009


I always though Kiwis needed a fairly long hot summer to set fruit - are you sure you're not too far north?

15 Aug, 2009


My one has never managed to set fruit either....well it set them - but they got nipped in the autumn frosts! I think we ARE too far north to get viable fruit - unless under protection. It makes such a wonderful climbing feature - my one winds itself up a massive eucalyptus and I have just let it and given up on the fruits!!

16 Aug, 2009


Well, in Northumberland, the Kiwi 'Solo' at work (outside) sets fruit. We are however not as far north as you.

I think given a sheltered site on a south wall you should still get away with it.

17 Aug, 2009


Yes - I guess a couple of hundred miles would make a bit of difference - and the it IS on a sheltered south wall.
Mind you I don't remember what the variety is - I planted it in about 1985 before I retired. I just enjoy it magnificent long tendrils and whopping leaves as it climbs!

17 Aug, 2009

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