Kiwi 'Issai'Actinidia deliciosaActinidia chinensis, Chinese Gooseberry

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?
A plant that lives for more than two years.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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Sweet Kiwi fruits from September

Attractive foliage and fragrant white flowers

Hardy, resilient climber

Please note: This product cannot be delivered outside the United Kingdom.

Height Up to 600cm (236in)
Spread Up to 400cm (157in)

Hardy Perennial

kitchen gardenwalls and fences

full sun

Flowering Months Harvest Months

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Unlike other varieties, Kiwi 'Issai' is known for its bumper crops and virtually hairless sweet fruits! This vigorous hardy Kiwi is self fertile, making it perfect for the smaller garden where there is only room for one plant. An attractive climber with mid-green foliage and clusters of deliciously fragrant, cup-shaped, small white flowers in summer. The delicious oval fruits can be harvested in September. This easy-to-grow climber will look delightful grown on a trellis, arch or pergola in a warm spot, or on a south-facing wall. Height: 6m (20') Spread: 4m (13').

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

1 x 2 litre potted kiwi plant (KC5523)
2 x 2 litre potted kiwi plants (KB0802)
2 x 9cm potted kiwi plants (KA9814)
1 x 9cm potted kiwi plant (40320)
1 x 2 litre potted kiwi plant (14318)

How to Grow
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 at a distance of 5.5m (18’) apart, firm in and water well. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support wires strung between sturdy posts, to train as an espalier.
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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 or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3


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