Propagation by subsidence
A patient hobby gardener can obtain the new kiwi plants himself from seeds or cuttings. However, the easiest way to multiply is through the offshoots, more precisely through the so-called sinkers. These can be grown from long shoots throughout the growing season. Proceed as follows:
- put young lower shoots on the ground,
- cut slightly if necessary,
- cover flat with soil, leaving a shoot tip on the surface,
- keep the earth moist,
After rooting, separate the daughter plants from the mother plant and transplant.
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Propagation by cuttings
The cuttings of about 10-15 cm in length are cut in early spring before budding or in late autumn (lignified cuttings). In any case, all but a few leaves should be removed. The cuttings are placed in potting soil or in a sand-peat mixture, placed in the shade and sheltered from the wind and kept evenly moist, but not too wet. When the cuttings sprout again, the rooting is complete.
Propagation by seeds
The kiwi seeds should be watered before sowing to completely remove the pulp. The seeds are pressed lightly into the peat-containing soil (do not cover, as light germs!). Evenly warm temperatures and sufficient moisture promote germination. Possibly. a greenhouse or a cover made of cling film can help. The germination time is 2-3 weeks. However, it can take ten years or more for a kiwi plant grown from seeds to flower for the first time. Another disadvantage: only with the flowering you can tell whether you have a male or a female plant.
Tips & Tricks
In your own propagation attempts, make sure that the variety is not legally protected and therefore may not be propagated further.