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I have a Sweetie and Waynes Kiwi from Daleys and last year they put on a good show of flowers... Unfortunately the blooms did not coincide at all with either of my 2 males.

I'd be happy to buy a 'sweetie male' from Daleys, but they seem to have been in production for a couple of years now. I was wondering if anyone would be happy to send me some scion from the sweetie male or another low chill pollinator? I probably have something to trade :)
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Tommoz says...
I have the Forbidden Fruit male which is meant to be low chill. If you want scions email me at **removed**
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allybanana says...
I had the same problem last year interestingly Waynes and sweetie both set some small fruit without pollination. I managed to get a sweetie male from Daleys last year. allydalton dot sculpture at Gmail dot com if you want wood. I also have a very nice tasting female that ripens at the beginning of June. I found the scions grafted easily !00% strike. I kept them in the fridge and then wrapped them in florists par film and cleft grafted them binding the join tight used a latex glove as a binding to get extra tightness and reduce bleeding.
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BenW says...
Thanks for the responses :) Will email you both.

I had the same thing with one (sweetie i think). It set a couple of dozen fruit but they didn't develop well.

Seedless, stayed small and were kind of a flattened donut shape.

They didn't really ripen properly, even after picking. A couple made it to an edible stage before they wrinkled up :)
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allybanana says...
That's a good description BenW for sweetie un-pollinated fruit. Un-pollinated Waynes on the other hand set elongated fruit they ripened up okay they looked like a small kiwi gold and also tasted like one. I suspect it has a lot of A. chinensis parentage, I would guess more than sweetie. It will be interesting to see if Wayne's sets bigger fruit if pollinated. The kiwi berry Isa also set fruit they ripened late Dec to late Jan and were pretty good.

We are still eating green kiwi now. By growing a few species and their hyprids, there is a huge spread of ripening times. The more I grow them the more of a fan I become.
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BenW says...
Wow. Dec-Jan? My Issai ripen in late March - April here :D

I think most of the commercially available ones will ripen in Autumn here.

I have 6 females of various kinds and a few males. I find they have adapted well to growing as an espalier only a couple of meters apart, though I was told they would never fruit that way...
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allybanana says...
My male sweetie is a very slow to break bud and the sweetie already has a lot of green see pics. Last year the male sweetie didnt start flowering until the female had finished I thought mabye the male was young, but it looks like this year may be another dud sorry BeNW those scions I sent you may be of minnimal use, does any one else have this problem with sweetie males?

Benw I hope you got some good forbidden fruit scions from Tommoz. Has any one got low chill kiwi scions in the fridge still that I can graft on for next year.

Or maybe someone has a gold seedling turned male that flowers very early

Many Thanks Ally
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BenW says...
We'll see in a couple of years i guess Ally

Hopefully the male will have a long flowering period and you'll get a crop after all :)
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BenW says...
Just reporting that grafts from both of you took nicely, though the wrapped ones took a little while to break through but then took off faster.

Ally, can you clarify whether the pieces you sent me were wrapped in Florists paraffin tape or pieces or latex glove?

Whatever it is, I'd like to try using that method for some other species :)
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allybanana says...
Hi Ben it would not have been latex either florists parafinn or lab parafilm Both work well. I find it also helps with other graft success especially avocados, white sapote and persimmon.
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BenW says...
Thanks Ally! I'll track some down.

I was thinking it might also help with hard to root cuttings, to keep the wood from drying out. Worth a try anyway.

I meant to add that I had the same experience with the Waynes this year - reasonably edible without pollination, if a little small, furry and course skinned.

The Sweetie was completely loaded but the fruit were useless. I picked hundreds of mummies off on the weekend when I pruned.

Hopefully the grafts from you and tommoz will have a few flowers this season so I can sample a few properly pollinated ones :)
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BenW says...
Oh, BTW, someone has kindly sent me a piece of Actinidia melanandra.

Gender unknown but I'm prepared to risk it (hopefully a female that my other males can pollinate).

Are you interested, or you have enough Kiwi?
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allybanana says...
Hi BenW Wrapping the cutting above the soil should help if they take a while to root. I stretch the parafilm thin I read it helps to allow gas exchange for breathing but keeps in water. I would be happy to receive new kiwi varieties. I have ten red seedlings from enzar red/hong yang, time will tell if they are any good. Yamani rare plants also has another kiwi species that may be a good low chill pollinator Actinidia rubricaulisas, they don't know if it is male or female but the species is very low chill and pretty, they also have male and female Actinidia arguta. I would be interested in all these three varieties but am unsure about the high freight fees from Melbourne that Yamani charges.
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BenW says...
I've killed 2 A kolomikta (males) and an A Pilosula from Yamina...

I don't have the Rubicaulis, though i have considered it.

I have arguta's growing well though.

A red, a green, a male and the issai variety.
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allybanana says...
I bought parafilm from this supplier I find it easier to use than florist paraffin for grafting as it is wider and sticks to its self better.

http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/bargain_hunter18?_trksid=p2047675.l2559.

A green female augata green male and female would be great is it the ones from Yamani.
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