'exbury' kiwi

shane11May 2, 2013

Does anyone know anything about 'exbury' kiwi and especially ripening times compared to 'saanichton' or 'blake'?

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Its supposed to be in a similar window, it is one of the supposedly earlier-ripening varieties. I will know this fall, my Exbury is blooming for the first time.

I added the new El Dorado kiwi from the USDA this spring, its a chinesis thats supposed to ripen very early. We'll see.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 11:21PM
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shane11

Thanks for the info. That is good news about your exbury blooming this year. I remember you were growing 'blake', is it also blooming this year?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 8:21AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

I planted the Blake a year or two later and its still pretty small with no blooms.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 8:38AM
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shane11

I ordered a exbury from Raintree and it has about 6 blooms open now. I never realized before how attractive kiwi blossoms can be. Since I have no male kiwis blooming it will be interesting to see if any fruits form. Of course being in a container they may abort anyway.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 9:05AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Following up on this.. Exbury is no earlier than Saanichton, both are still hard and sour. Exbury is a lot smaller, maybe 1/3 the weight per fruit, so its not looking super good at this point. I will pick the fruits before the first deep freeze and put them in the fridge and see how they are in February.

Scott

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 7:57PM
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shane11

Scott,
Thanks for the updated info on Exbury - doesnt sound all that great! I did not get a fruit to form on my potted specimen - no real surprise there. Did you get a good crop on saanichton this year?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 2:35PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Yup I got a ton. It produces well every year, the only wait is for it to get going. The fruits are bigger than the grocery store version as well; they taste about the same.

Scott

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 3:22PM
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shane11

Scott,
How was the taste of your 'exbury' kiwi and how would you rate the flavor compared to 'saanichton'?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:48AM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Shane, it was not all that different. All the green fuzzies I have tasted are similar to the store kind. The only downside to it looks to be the size.

This spring I see first blooms on my El Dorado. This is supposed to be an early-ripening excellent-tasting yellow kiwi. Blake looks like it will need one more year before flowering. It was in a shady spot so its not really its fault.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 12:23PM
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