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How to Plant Kiwi Seed

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Overview

Originally hailing from China, the kiwi is a subtropical vine famous for the egg-shaped brown and hairy fruit that it produces. The sweet fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients and has a very high vitamin C content, according to Oregon State University. Even before the vine grows fruit, it is popular for ornamental purposes. Instead of buying kiwi seedlings from a nursery, save money by planting kiwi seeds collected from a kiwi fruit.

Step 1

Cut a kiwi fruit in half width-wise with a knife. Use the tip of the knife and cut out a section of the middle where the fruit is dotted with tiny black seeds.

Step 2

Drop the seed-riddled fruit piece into a bowl of water. The bowl must be large enough to allow the fruit to be completely submerged. Use your fingers to swish the fruit around to separate the seeds from the fruit pulp. The freed seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Remove the fruit and carefully drain out the water, leaving behind the kiwi seeds.

Step 3

Place several peat pellets, obtainable from all garden stores and nurseries, into a shallow tray. Add enough water to the tray to moisten the pellets; the exact amount needed varies according to the size of the pellets. The peat pellets will expand and swell with moisture.

Step 4

Drop one kiwi seed into each peat pellet. Keep the peat pellets moist. The seeds will germinate into kiwi seedlings, typically within 10 to 14 days.

Step 5

Fill a gallon-sized pot with potting soil. Once the seeds have germinated, insert the entire peat pellet into the pot's soil. Water once a day. As the kiwi vine grows, its roots will penetrate the peat pellet and expand into the actual potting soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Kiwi fruit
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Peat pellets
  • Tray
  • Gallon-sized pot
  • Potting soil

References

  • "The Royal Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Practical Gardening: Growing Fruit"; Harry Baker, et al.; 1999
  • Washington State University: Growing Small Fruits for the Home Garden
  • Oregon State University: Kiwis
Keywords: growing kiwis, plant kiwi seed, germinate kiwi seed

About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.