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Kiwi (Hardy)

Actinidia arguta, Tara Vine

Hardy Perennial

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Grape-sized, yellow-green fruits with very thin 'fuzzless' skins are produced in 'September' and 'October' on vigorous twining stems. With a flavour that is generally sweeter than regular varieties, these unusual fruits are delicious eaten whole and don't even need to be peeled! This hardy Tara vine is self fertile, so you can grow it alone, without the need for a male pollinating plant. Height: 7m (22'). Spread: 5m (16').

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, walls and fences
Flowering Period:
June
Position:
full sun
    • 1 x 2 litre potted kiwi plant

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    • Despatch: By end of August 2014
    • £24.99
Grow kiwi plants in a sunny position in any fertile, well drained soil. A sheltered position is essential as kiwis are particularly sensitive to adverse weather conditions. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Plant kiwi vines, firm in and water well. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support wires strung between sturdy posts, to train as an espalier.

Feed and water regularly until fully established, particularly during hot dry periods. Train the stems onto their supports. In autumn apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant.


Prune kiwi fruit plants in winter. In the first two years, prune plants to create an espalier framework of one permanent leading stem and two horizontal stems. Cut back the leading shoot to maintain it within the allotted space. Fruit is formed on the previous year's wood, and also on fruit spurs created by cutting back side shoots on horizontal stems to 3 or 4 buds. Overcrowded side shoots can be thinned out to allow light and air around the developing fruit. Plants may take 3 years before producing a full crop of delicious kiwi fruit.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


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Reviews
  1. Well sized plant, exellent packaging

    By Robert Wiggins 21-03-2013

    We have only just received our hardy kiwi plant, it is a decent size with buds on so have high hopes for the growing year. Be aware though - I had read this elsewhere online and it is true - the roots are truly like catnip - we had two cats all but wrapped around the kiwi vine when it arrived. They behaved in every respect as if it was catnip. I had read that the plants may require some protection from cats digging up the roots and it seems that this will definitely be the case.

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