Fruiting KIWI- anyone grow in z.5?

arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)June 8, 2010

i don't know if we have a long enough growing season for these. Any experience w/ them? I grow the ornamental one only.

thanks much,


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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

No, I haven't tried it, but didn't the Victory Garden at the old Lexington Gardens try that on their arbor? It grew really fast and thick but I never saw any fruit on it.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 5:04AM
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I have a friend whose SIL grows it. We are just north of Concord, NH. Jill sometimes brings the fruit to share, so I know that it has fruited at least twice. I'm not sure what variety it is (or even if there are many varieties.) I think that it might be one of those plants that needs a male and female to fruit.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 6:45AM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

pm, you are a HOT TICKET for having a memory like that!
th you

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 10:25AM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

babs, is this the one?

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 11:27AM
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Actinidia kolomikta indeed, would need a male and female plants to have fruits. It's fruiting in Russian z4, so I wouldn't be worry about its hardiness in MA :-))

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 4:26PM
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Mindy - The ones Jill's SIL has look like Thompson green grapes, long & narrow in shape and light green in color. Totally not fuzzy. Delicious!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 10:47PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

cultivars: Arctic Beauty (young leaves - purple; mature leaves - zoned pink, white, green); Krupnoplodnaya (red leaves in summer); Arnold Arboretum (small fruit)

george, do kolomikta and Krupnoplodnaya mean something in russian? or name of someone? did you grow up eating them in russia? so if i can find a female specimen of my regular old one(just called 'actinidia'on the tag many yrs ago)then my male will enable her to fruit?
thnks for the help everyone; keep it flowing!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 12:53AM
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Krupnoplodnaya (transliteration from Russian)= Krupno(Large)+ Plod[naya](Fruit[ing]).
If you already have male plant and looking for a mate, then you might be better looking for A.polygama ('Silver vine') female plant cause fruits on it is larger and tastier than those of A. kolomikta.
BTW, A.kolomikta and A.arguta are substantialy different plants.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 5:24PM
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