Kiwi vine and raccoons

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetable Gardening' started by Shannon_Liu, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. Shannon_Liu

    Shannon_Liu New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver
    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

    Messages:
    10,100
    Likes Received:
    380
    Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    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.
     
  3. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

    Messages:
    1,509
    Likes Received:
    143
    Location:
    Burnaby, Canada
    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.
     
  4. Shannon_Liu

    Shannon_Liu New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Thank you everyone. I will plan to plant some kiwi vines in the spring!
     
  5. pmurphy

    pmurphy Contributor

    Messages:
    811
    Likes Received:
    519
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    I'm not sure how accurate this information is but I was speaking with a gentleman yesterday who used to have some very large kiwi vines in the Vancouver area. He found when he went to harvest the fruit that they were attracting cats. He said he would find several of them under the vines and they were treating the kiwis like catnip - large eyed and rubbing, purring and rolling around in the fallen fruit. I've never had this issue nor any issues with raccoons but in the past I have had to deal with the odd rat. This year I had no issues with any critters and got a respectable harvest of golden kiwi.
     
  6. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

    Messages:
    1,509
    Likes Received:
    143
    Location:
    Burnaby, Canada
    Yes, it's true that cats are attracted to kiwi vines; we've observed this over many years of owning several cats. It's never been a problem for us; but cats potentially could damage the new growth on young vines.
     

Share This Page