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Kiwi 'Jenny'

Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny'

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Also known as

Kiwi Fruit 'Jenny', Chinese Gooseberry 'Jenny'

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size






5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Keep on the vine until the fruit begins to yield as kiwis will continue to ripen once picked. Placed in the fridge, the fruit will keep for up to three months in a pierced plastic bag. The harvest season begins in Winter.

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Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' (Kiwi) 9cm x3


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Kiwi 'Jenny' Overview

Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' is a deciduous climbing cultivar that is grown for both its egg-shaped fruits and as an ornamental plant. This hardy cultivar has been bred to be self-fertile, so only 1 plant is required to produce fruit, although this may take 3-4 years to begin with. Its large leaves are heart-shaped and have red tips, and flowers are arranged in clusters. Blooms are white and appear in the summer. Fruits may be harvested in August-September. A vigorous climber, Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' needs a sheltered sunny position with fertile, well-draining soil and support for climbing. Trained against a warm wall at the back of a border, is the perfect spot for a Kiwi. Kiwi fruits have green flesh, full of seeds, enclosed in fuzzy brown skin. The Kiwi fruit was historically known by the common name Chinese Gooseberry, referring to its eastern origin, and was later renamed after New Zealand's national bird. Kiwi 'Jenny' has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.

Common problems with Kiwi 'Jenny'

Caused by drought or drying winds, leaf scorch may show as brown edges to the leaves.

How to propagate Kiwi 'Jenny'


Tissue culture uses the growth tip to divide and cut up into very small units and make new disease-free plants to growers.


Softwood cuttings are the best choice because they tend to root more uniformly, and should be taken from mid to late summer. Using a sharp knife, cut at the bottom just below the leaf joint or node.

Special features of Kiwi 'Jenny'

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

The familiar edible fuzzy kiwi, with brown skin and green flesh, has a sweet/tart flavour.

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Kiwi 'Jenny'


Fruit is eaten raw and peeled, delicious alone or in a fruit salad.


Research indicates that kiwi fruit could be of potential benefit in preventing and halting processes that lead to cardiovascular diseases.