[nafex] Recommendation for hardy-kiwi (female and male) - Actinidia spp.
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Thu Feb 23 21:39:39 EST 2012
There was a discussion on the list earlier in the year about the males.
I had written in saying that I'd tried three male plants, one after the
other, and they all died quickly. Someone else wrote back saying that
they males were hard to get established and that Meader was the only one
they'd had success with.
I got a Meader in the fall in a pot and am waiting to plant it out in
the spring. We'll see. I'm about ready to buy a self-fertile Issa just
to get around the problem. No point having a vigorous female if I can't
get a pollinator going.
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On 2/23/2012 7:32 PM, Steven Covacci wrote:
> 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?
> Thank you,
> Steve; Zone 6b/7a - NJ
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