[NAFEX] Actinidia Kolomikta
eroland at gmail.com
Sun Jan 7 09:47:26 EST 2007
Thanks for the invitation to clarify - I should be more careful throwing
I haven't met anyone else actually growing Actinidia kolomikta in Zone 3,
but several catalogs list it as such, and Lee Reich (Uncommon Fruits for
Every Garden) mentions that it grows in Siberia. However, he also mentions
that mature A. kolomikta can produce 20+ lbs of fruit per vine - which
sounds closer to your figures.
The 200lb per vine figure is for Actinidia arguta (Hardy kiwi), and is also
from Lee Reich's book -- I don't have the page number right now, it's in the
'Harvest' section. Steve Bryer of Tripplebrook Farm (
www.tripplebrookfarm.com) has also told me stories about A. arguta producing
150+ lbs per vine.
Hope this clears things up! The super-hardy kiwis in my forest garden (I've
planted A. kolomikta 'Red Beauty' and 'Pautske', both from Tripplebrook
Farm) are too young -- I'm looking forward to ANY yield!
> Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 08:40:56 -0600
> From: "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at uslink.net>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Actinidia kolomitka
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> Have you been reading the posts? I AM in zone 3 and only recently
> that I grow Actinidia kolomitka. I don't know where you got the 200
> of fruit claim. My 3 female plants are growing under ideal conditions
> proper fertilizer, ample water and, together, barely produce 20 lbs.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
> (218)568-8483 [Store]
> (218)831-7018 [My Cell]
> Actinidia kolomitka, or 'super-hardy kiwi' it is sometimes called, should
> hardy to at least Zone 4, some sources say Zone 3. (Ref = Edible Forest
> Gardens vol 2)
> So Bill, it should definitely set fruit and ripen in your area.
> The hardy kiwis are extremely vigorous - plant them where you've got
> A single mature hardy kiwi vine can produce up to 200 lbs of fruit per
> And the fruit is uncommonly delicious.
Ethan C. Roland
Design - Teach - Advise
Northeastern Permaculture Wiki
8th International Permaculture Conference, Brazil, 2007
" You can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can't count the
number of apples in a seed" - proverb via Paul Krafel
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