Kiwi

Check out our selection of hardy, fuzzy and ornamental kiwis!

Actinidia species
These are a family of fast growing vines that produce edible fruit and are beautiful ornamental plants. Each type of kiwi we list has different ornamental foliage. The fruit of each type is different in size and appearance, but all have the bright green flesh and the wonderful kiwi flavor. All are hardy in the Pacific NW. If you live in a colder climate you can still grow the Kolomikta and the Arguta Kiwis. We offer sturdy vines.

Actinidia arguta
These fast growing beautiful vines produce clusters of oblong kiwis the size of large grapes. Lacking the rough kiwi skin, these fruits can be eaten whole, like bunches of kiwi flavored seedless grapes. Originally brought to this country as an ornamental, the green fruit is similar to the fuzzy kiwi in flavor though sweeter and easier to eat. USDA Zones 5-9. The vines are very vigorous and productive and need a strong support.

Actinidia kolomikta
Also called Arctic Beauty, they are native to Russia. USDA Zones 3-9. Select a male and a female for pollination and fruit set. The vines are less vigorous than the Arguta making them a good choice for confined spaces. They grow best in partial shade.

Actinidia deliciosa
This is the type of kiwi that you find in the supermarket. It has a fuzzy brown skin. Inside, the flesh is a lime green. The taste is wonderful, a tropical combination of flavors. Native to China, but first commercially grown in New Zealand. USDA Zones 7-9. We offer hardy and early ripening varieties.

Useful Facts

Pollination: All need a male and female to set fruit. One male can pollinize up to 8 females. The fuzzy kiwi male is the best pollinator and can pollinate the fuzzy or arguta female. The arguta male can pollinate the arguta or fuzzy female because bloom times partially overlap. Kolomiktas bloom later.
Hardiness: See species descriptions. Argutas USDA Zones 5-9. Kolomikta's USDA Zones 3-9. Deliciousa Fuzzy Kiwis USDA Zones 7-9.
Sun or shade: Most kiwis need a sunny location with wind protection. Arctic Beauty likes some shade.
Spacing: 15 to 20 ft. for Fuzzy and Arguta. 8 ft. for Kolomikta.
Harvest and storage: Kolomiktas ripen in August. Most kiwis ripen in October and are picked after the first frost. Picked while still hard, they can be stored for months in a refrigerator or cool dry area and put on the counter to soften.
Life expectancy: 50 years or more
Years to first fruit: 2-5
Pests: No significant problems. Cats find the foliage addictive, like catnip.
Yield: Mature fuzzy & arguta female vines produce 25 pounds or more.

How To Grow

Soil: Need well drained soil.
Cultural requirements: Kiwis (except Kolomitkas) are vigorous vines. They cannot support their own weight and will spread up to 30 feet. They require strong support such as a trellis, arbor, or fence. Wrapping the trunk from ground level, up about four feet, or planting it on the shaded side of its support, will protect the trunk from splitting after spring or fall cold snaps.
Pruning: When planted, the vines should be pruned back to 4 or 5 buds. From these a main stem should be selected and staked to grow to the top of the arbor or trellis, usually 6-7' high. The "Tree Owner’s Manual" that comes with each order has more pruning info.

How to Use Kiwis

In the kitchen: Kiwis have ten times the Vitamin C of lemons. A tasty addition to salads and desserts. Use for Ice cream, pie, jam and wine.
In the landscape: Kiwis are beautiful vines. Their vigorous spring growth is a spectacular sight. Excellent for a privacy screen, they will rapidly cover a fence and with support will cover a wall or steep slope. Kolomiktas have pretty tri colored foliage.