Actinidia chinensis

Botanical Name: Actinidia chinensis

Common Name(s): Kiwi fruit

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Description:

The kiwi is a vigorous deciduous vine that requires a temperate climate, with summers that are not too hot and mild winters where frosts are not severe. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. One male vine will provide enough pollen for at least nine female vines. Female vines take four to five years to start bearing. Kiwis are ideal for the small garden as they can be trained onto a trellis or over a pergola.

Family: Actinidiaceae

Synonym: –

Botanical Pronunciation: –

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Deciduous
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Semi Frost Hardy
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Common Pests and Diseases

Rarely a problem.

 

Flowers

Description:
Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. One male vine will provide enough pollen for at least nine female vines. Female vines take four to five years to start bearing.


Foliage

Fruit

February
March
April

Description:
Fruit ripens in autumn. Pick the largest kiwis while still firm and store at room temperature until slightly soft.



Harvest

Fruit ripens in autumn. Pick the largest kiwis while still firm and store at room temperature until slightly soft.

Maintenance

Keep well watered and mulched throughout the growing season. Plants need sturdy support; train the main stem onto a trellis and remove all lower side shoots. When the main stem reaches the required height, tie any side shoots along the trellis. In winter, prune the shoots at the top of the trellis back to three eyes.

Origin

China


Planting Instructions

This plant requires a temperate climate, with summers that are not too hot and mild winters where frosts are not severe. Plant vines 3–4m apart.

 

Recommended Varieties

‘Hayward’.

Uses in landscape design

This plants can be trained onto a trellis or over a pergola.


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