Self Fertile Hardy Kiwi Varieties

spladle160June 21, 2013

Does anyone know if what varieties of Actinidia Arguta other than Issai are self fertile if any? My male kiwis didn't bloom this spring but my Kens Red has still set 4 fruit and another female, a national arboretum #7 I believe, set 3 fruit. Now I'm wondering if someone nearby may also have kiwis or if these varieties are actually a little self fertile. Any insight?

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bob_z6(6b/7a SW CT)

I have Issai and even that hasn't set big crops without male flowers. In its first 2 years, it set a very small percent of the flowers- maybe 5%.

This year (3rd leaf) is the first year that Ken's Red and Geneva have flowered (just a few each). But, I won't know for certain if they are partially self-fertile, as I got a single male flower.

As an aside, I got a a huge bloom from Issai this year. In the first 2 years, I got a few dozen flowers each year (1-2 fruit setting). This year, it is covered with flowers (see below pic, which is just a small part of the vine).

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 1:21PM
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canadianplant

Ive only heard of issai, but there might be some in trials or development.

My issai looks like hell, while my arctic beauty looks amazing, no crazy growth i expected either...

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 8:57AM
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charlieboring

You can graft a male onto the female and have only one plant that will self fertilize.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:58AM
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TxGreenthumb88

I found a variety on Tripple Brook Farm's website being sold under the name '119-40-B'. They claim it is self fertile and that it was taken from a plant growing at the Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts. Here's the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tripple Brook Farms

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 9:38PM
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murkwell

My Ken's Red is the only kiwi that bloomed anywhere near me. It had about 30 flowers, for the first time, and has 3 fruit on it now.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 2:07AM
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charlieboring

My anna hardy kiwis have set fruit for the first time this year. I have 2 female and one male. My pruning technique was setting the 12 year old vines back. Once I ceased aggressive winter pruning, they started to bloom and set fruit.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 7:38AM
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