Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta

Siberian Gooseberry, Tara Vine, Yang-Tao, Baby Kiwi, Bower Actinidia, Tara Vine, Vine-Pear

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Actinidia arguta is vigorous deciduous twining climber from the Actinidiaceae family. Commonly known by the name Hardy Kiwi, this name refers to this plants frost tolerance. It is dioecious and thus produces male and female flowers on individual plants. They are small and non-showy, coloured white, to produce the small, smooth edible kiwi fruits, two plants are required. The cultivar Actinidia arguta 'Issai' is self-fertilising and thus doesn't require a companion to produce fruits. Prefers a fertile well-drained site in slightly acidic soil in a full sun location facing south or west. Fruit production is best in areas with a long growing season.
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Planning

Difficulty

Advanced

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Collect fruit before the 1st frosts. They should ripen with a few weeks if placed in a bowl with other fruit. They can be stored in pierced plastic bags in the fridge for 3 months

Propagation

Special features

Attracts butterflies

Attractive fruits

Special features

Origin

Asia, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Suits wall side borders in urban or courtyard gardens, it can also be grown over pergolas & trellis in sheltered cottage or formal gardens.

Personality

Family

Actinidiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Related Problems

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