Kiwi vine and raccoons

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  1. Shannon_Liu

    Shannon_Liu New Member

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    I’m considering planting a kiwi vine (fuzzy variety) in my yard but there are quite a few raccoons and rats in our neighborhood. Has anyone had an issue with kiwi attracting these pests? Thanks.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Squirrels biting them off from the vines is probably the biggest concern (that's what it is at the garden), but hopefully others will comment with their own backyard experience.
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    So far, raccoons have not been a problem; but I have had Black Rats eating the fruit occasionally. I suspect that raccoons will never bother them here because they only go for sweet fruit, and the green fuzzy kiwis normally don't ripen fully on the vines. One year only, I lost most of the crop to some critter (squirrel suspected) that cut off blossoms and ate the nectar or pollen bearing parts. I've also had squirrels taking a bite out of some of the kiwi fruits, as Daniel mentioned, but the number of fruits affected was not large. They seemed to just taste a few of the fruits and then decided that they weren't worth eating.
     

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