[nafex] Recommendation for hardy-kiwi (female and male) - Actinidia spp.
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Thu Feb 23 21:32:09 EST 2012
I'm looking for a best recommendation for a female hardy-kiwi.
1. I suppose, of the hardy species, it would be Actinidia arguta - and not any of the other varieties, or hybrids with A. arguta. I wonder if there are some significant taste differences between the hybrids and/with A. arguta. I think that for someone with limited growing space, one should probably stick with the common A. arguta - if in zone 6.
2. Of the typical hardy kiwi species (A. arguta), I know that a lot of people like the very productive, commercially popular 'Anna' cultivar, but I think that it's been said that this variety has now been surpassed. I've heard good reviews of 'Ken's Red' and 'Dumbarton Oaks'.
3. I see that a lot of the nurseries offer a nameless A. arguta male for a pollinator; is it far better to go with a named selection of male, such as 'Meader - male' and '74/46'.
4. Would it be a practical endeavor to grow a chain of A. arguta hardy kiwi varieties on a single, contiguous succession: in a single vine-branch running the entire length of a fence. I could prune all but the one chain of cultivars: one variety per 9 feet. Bad (impractical) idea?
Steve; Zone 6b/7a - NJ
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