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A large family of vines native to Asia and Eastern
Russia, Kiwis make beautiful ornamentals and provide delicious and
In addition to the familiar
fuzzy brown Kiwi, there are other species of Kiwi which are not so well
known to American gardeners and consumers. While they differ in hardiness,
vigor, and appearance, they all share Kiwis famous, sweet and delicious,
emerald-green flesh (except Silver Vine, which has orange flesh).
All Kiwis are great plants for the home gardener -
attractive, productive, and easy to grow vines, free of pests and
unique Hardy Kiwi variety from Japan, Issai bears heavy crops of
large, sweet and delicious fruit. Less vigorous than other varieties
of Hardy Kiwi, Issai can be grown on a fence or wall and is ideal
for gardeners with limited space. Issai often begins bearing the
year after planting and is ready to harvest in mid to late
September. Issai is reportedly self-fertile although we have found
that crops will be heavier and more reliable if it is planted with a
male for pollination.
Name: Actinidia arguta
Class: Hardy Kiwi
at Maturity: 8-10 ft. wide and tall
Pollination: Hardy Kiwi females require
a male for pollination. Issai is somewhat self-fertile but plant
with a male for larger and more reliable crops.
& Diseases: Kiwis have suffered no
significant pest or disease problems in North America.
Hardiness: issai is hardy to approx.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting,
Issai; 1-2 years after planting.
Ripening Time: September-October
Yield: 100+ lbs.
Special Care: Spacing & Support: All
species of Kiwis are vines that need support. Fuzzy Kiwis and
Hardy Kiwis are particularly vigorous and require strong support
to hold up the plants and the abundant fruit. Issai Hardy Kiwi,
Silver Vine and Arctic Beauty Kiwi are
|We also have a male and female fuzzy
kiwi vine but do not know the exact variety.
Note: Our plants were given to us as mature specimens by
our Uncle John. He no longer wished to keep them in his suburban
garden and dug and delivered them to us. We planted, cut them back
and they thrived. The shock of the move did keep them from bearing
fruit for about two years, however. He originally purchased the plants from One Green World, online at
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