Kiwifruit - Photo by André Karwath http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/mastergardener/outreach/plant_id/fruits_nuts/kiwi.shtmlAs described on the History page, Actinidia deliciosa originated in northeastern China. This area was perfect for the kiwifruit due to the location's temperate climate. Kiwifruit was also able to survive in the New Zealand area because of the similar climate. This climbing vine cannot survive in hot desert temperatures nor cold, tundra temperatures. A mild, sunny location with extremely well-drained soil is ideal for growing. These plants need a large amount of water throughout the entire growing season but will not be successful in consistently wet areas. They need deep, organic rich soil as well. To say these plants are high maintenance would be an understatement. This is why they do not naturally grow in very many places. However, many people have been able to create ideal conditions to cultivate the vine and the delicious fruit
Necessary Habitat Conditions:
Sunny, but not too hot
Cool, but not freezing
Windy for pollination but not too strong
Moist soil but not too wet
Slightly acidic soil

Tuatara Lizard - Photo borrowed from digitaltrails post on Flickr.com

A. deliciosa is by no means the only organism in the area. It shares its home with many other plants and animals. The kiwi bird, for which it was named after, is the national icon of New Zealand and very common in the homes of the kiwifruit. There are many New Zealand Falcon - Photo by Jason Searleother animals that share this space, including the New Zealand Falcon, the weta, the tuatara lizard and the masked lapwing.

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