[nafex] Recommendation for hardy kiwi
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Fri Feb 24 17:49:39 EST 2012
what's the hardiness of Anna? would it work in z4 Wisconsin? I have
a bunch of different arguta varieties that seem to do fine for
hardiness but I don't have that one.
On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM, Richard Moyer <ramoyer at gmail.com> wrote:
> At my Zone 6 location in SW VA, 'Anna' was far superior to 'Ken's Red'.
> Much more vigorous and therefore productive. Much easier to get going
> when young. Much less affected by late freezes. 'Anna' fruit keeps very
> well under refrig, whereas 'Ken's' rotted sometimes on the vine at stem
> attachment, and also under refrigeration. Ken's much more stressed by
> drought; this was noted by other NAFEXers as well. We much preferred the
> flavor of 'Anna', a nice mix of sweet and tart with other flavors. All
> 'Ken's' had going for it was red blush and reddish flesh, but flavor very
> bland. I can't think of a single area where 'Ken's' was better.
> There may be locations where 'Ken's' is superior, but in our
> mid-Atlantic/upper south zone 6, definitely not the case.
> Can't comment on DO, for have not grown it.
> Mike McConkey has been growing all these and more for years in VA closer to
> you, and sells them for a living. I'd ask him if not already.
> As for a male, all you need there is reliable blooming at same time as your
> Chad Finn, USDA-ARS researcher put in a plot of hardy kiwis at the USDA
> Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, OR. He collected data on a number of
> selections. But Willamette Valley weather quite different than ours. They
> may have compared some males, and might send your cuttings for your own
> rooting and use.
> Richard Moyer
> Zone 6
> SW VA
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>> Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:32:09 -0500 (EST)
>> From: Steven Covacci <filtertitle at aol.com>
>> Subject: [nafex] Recommendation for hardy-kiwi (female and male) -
>> Actinidia spp.
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>> 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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