Tons and Tons of Vincent Kiwis!

Tons and Tons of Vincent Kiwis!

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Vincent Kiwis heavy on the the trellis and ready to harvest. This is the biggest crop we have had in the 11 years we have had the vines.

Okay, maybe not tons, but at least 50 or 60 lbs. of Kiwis, is my best guess at this point.

Although in past years, I have grumbled and griped a lot about the lack of pollination on my Kiwi vines, this year we have a bumper crop, and now that we have had a few cold snaps, it is time to begin harvesting. If I had to guess, I would say there are at least 500 kiwis on the female plant this year. Don’t get me wrong, despite the hundreds of kiwi fruits, I still think the Tomuri, the male fuzzy Kiwi vine, is a poor pollinator for Vincent, my female plant. The blossom timing for Tomuri is a few weeks later than the majority of Vincent flowers, plus, Tomuri only set a few flowers sporadically. Luckily, this year about ten male flowers managed to bloom when all the female flowers opened. After the female was done, another 15 to 20 male flowers bloomed. As you can probably tell by the fruit set, I still got out the paint brush! I can only imagine how much fruit I would have if there were more male blossoms. Since Tomuri flowers so lightly, I still hope to locate a local source for Matua, an earlier male fuzzy kiwi and graft it on the Tomuri plant.

We started picked the kiwi fruits a week or so ago. They only need to sit on the counter for about two days to be just right for eating, with a taste similar to what most people are used to in a kiwi. If left more than a few days longer than that, the taste is almost too sweet and rich. I plan to use the majority of fruit to make my homemade Strawberry Kiwi Jam.

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Ripe Kiwi fruit cut open to show interior seeds. The sizes of the fruit vary from the about 1 oz to about 3 oz each, with most of them in the 2 oz. range.

Update February 1st, 2014.  We picked many dozens of fruit after I posted this.  Yesterday my hubby and I picked what was left on the vines and weighed yesterday’s bounty.  It totaled up to 74 lbs.  Wow, I have a lot more than I thought.  There is no way I can canned all of this in one day; that is a lot of peeling and I don’t have that much room in the crisper in the fridge. Its too much for keeping it all for our selves.  Some was shared with neighbors and more will be shared with friends.  I might also be making a trip to the food bank tomorrow.  This year’s crop is definitely a year I need to give thanks for.  For those of reading this that are friends, family, and teachers… I sure hope you like Kiwi Jam!

homegrown ‘Vincent” fuzzy kiwifruit and jam.

3 thoughts on “Tons and Tons of Vincent Kiwis!

  1. Since you posted this, have you tried the Matua as a pollinator for Vincent? My Vincent has bloomed the past two years, but my Tomuri still hasn’t, and I wouldn’t mind trying another male, especially since you said the Vincent-Tomuri bloom periods don’t overlap very well… I’m looking for any info on alternatives. Thanks in advance!

    1. I am sorry you are also having trouble with your low chill male kiwi, too.

      I still do not have a Matua kiwi. I’ve not found a reputable source that has an affordable plant available when I want to plant it. Over the years, Tomuri has gotten a little bit better at flowering, especially after I started only lightly pruning. But it still never blooms profusely like Vincent. There are often female flowers left unpollinated. I do hand pollinate every year just in case the bees aren’t doing it for me. Whenever the Tomuri blooms, if the Females are not blooming, I stick a few Tomuri flowers in the freezer as insurance. I do manage to harvest fruit every year. However, I might try grafting in CC Early next dormant season if I can get scionwood.

      Currently my kiwis include Elmwood, DG’s Delight, Cordifolia (hardy), Rossanna (hardy), and an unknown hardy male.

I would love to know what you think about this.

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