[NAFEX] Self-fertile Meader A. arguta Male?
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Sun Nov 21 23:37:40 EST 2010
Meader male is not normally able to set fruit. I'm not familiar with this fruiting Meader selection, but there are fruiting males documented, so it is certainly possible that a fruiting shoot could appear on an otherwise normal male vine, due to a somatic mutation. The fruit on fruiting-males is usually quite small.
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From: "John S" <swim_at_svc at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [NAFEX] Self-fertile Meader A. arguta Male?
I've recently come across some information claiming that A. arguta 'Meader' (male) is self-fertile and produces fruit without another pollinator as well as pollinating other female kiwis. Frankly, I don't believe it but there is at least one company selling this variety making that claim and some other sources supporting this on the web.
Anybody here have the facts? I realize that kiwi pollination is somewhat atypical as apparently fruit production can take place for some varieties when pollinated cross species. Any solid info would be appreciated.
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