Golden Kiwifruit as a New Potential Specialty Fruit Crop for Texas

In 2011, a small trial planting of two golden kiwifruit and one fuzzy or green kiwifruit cultivars patented by Auburn University was planted at SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches, TX. Successful crops in two of the past four years has led to the formation of a partnership between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Stephen F. Austin State University. The team is committed to exploring the potential of golden kiwifruit as new fruit crop in Texas. Research efforts, which include replicated field trials and applied study aimed at gaining a better understanding of the adaptation requirement of this crop, is supported by funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG). Kiwifruit have strict site requirements and climatic requirements (limited cold tolerance and relatively high chilling requirements). Consequently, large-scale commercial production is not recommended in Texas until further research into the feasibility of this crop can be determined.

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