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Germination of

Actinidia chinensis

Gold Kiwi Fruit: Chinese Gooseberry, Yang Tao

Actinidia chinensis

Actinidia chinensis: Actinidia chinensis, or kiwi fruit, can be grown from seed. Start by soaking the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to help soften the hard seed coat. Fill a small pot with a well-draining soil mix, and plant the seeds 1 inch deep. Water thoroughly, and place the pot in a warm, bright location. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. The seeds should germinate in 2-3 weeks, and once the seedlings have a few sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into individual pots. It is important to note that the resulting plants may not produce fruit, as they may not be true to the parent plant.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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