[NAFEX] Hardiest Kiwi
Martha Barrett / Scott Weber
bluestem_farm at juno.com
Mon Mar 22 11:15:56 EST 2004
I'm glad to hear you mention growing A. kolomikta in the shade. I
planted that species 10 years ago or more because it is supposed to be
the hardiest, but almost every spring its flowers get nailed by late
frost so I get no fruit. I'd just about come to the conclusion that I
need to root cuttings for it and plant them in the woods, which might
protect them from late frosts AND might also keep it from starting growth
up as early in the spring. Late last summer I tasted the first fruits
that my vines have made and decided that I definately would like more (I
think I may have covered the vines with reemay when our Memorial weekend
frost hit). They are tasty.
Baraboo (South Central WI)
On Mon, 22 Mar 2004 07:22:51 -0800 "Lon J. Rombough" writes:
>Things about A. kolomikta that you might want to know. One is that it
>forest plant in it's native habitat and often doesn't do well in high
>- needs to grow in at least partial shade. Another is that it can be
>of a shrub than a vine, or at least it often isn't nearly the rampant
>that arguta can be. Finally, Japanese beetles LOVE it, and other
> An excellent source of all hardy kiwis is Kiwi Korners.
> Alot of gardening mail-order catalogs list Actinidia arguta as the
>"hardy kiwi". It can only handle -25=B0 F before it winterkills.
>another kiwi that is hardier, Actinidia kolomitka that can take -50=B0
>tastes identical to the brown fuzzys, is only 30% smaller than A.
>produces less invasive vines than its cousins and it ripens in August.
> I bought my A. kolomitka from Oregon Exotics but I have seen it in
>few) other catalogs.
>Pequot Lakes, MN
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>Things about A. kolomikta that you might want to know. One is
> is a forest plant in it's native habitat and often doesn't do well in
>light - needs to grow in at least partial shade. Another is that
>n be more of a shrub than a vine, or at least it often isn't nearly
>ant vine that arguta can be. Finally, Japanese beetles LOVE it,
>her Actinidias. <BR>
> An excellent source of all hardy kiwis is Kiwi
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>ctinidia arguta as the "hardy kiwi". It can only
> F before it winterkills. There is another kiwi that is hardier,
>idia kolomitka that can take -50=B0 F. It tastes identical to
>the brown =
>fuzzys, is only 30% smaller than A. arguta, produces less
>es than its cousins and it ripens in August. <BR>
> I bought my A. kolomitka from Oregon Exotics but I
>seen it in (a few) other catalogs.<BR>
>Pequot Lakes, MN<BR>
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