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'.