[NAFEX] Info on hardy kiwifruit
sam739is at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 21 06:45:42 EST 2002
Hi, Mike. Sorry it's taken so long to get this info to you. Lost the piece
of paper with all the addresses I'd collected while I was home.
You can find info on hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) and some other Actinidia
species, including A. kolomikta, at the following websites:
"Kiwifruit Production in Oklahoma"
"Oklahoma's Kiwi King"
Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station report, "Hardy Kiwi Variety Trial"
Ohio State Univ. Extension Fact Sheet, "Kiwifruit and Hardy Kiwi"
Pacific Northwest Bulletin 507, "Growing Kiwifruit"
Sorry that I do not have the URL for this, but it is available online if you
do a search. (I recommend using Google.com .) It's also available for
Extension & Station Communications
Oregon State University
422 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331-2119
"New Temperate Fruits: Actinidia chinensis and Actinidia deliciosa"
(includes info on A. arguta and A. kolomikta)
Triple Brook Farm (sells plants of improved Actinidia cultivars of several
Mike, from what I've read, I'd recommend you do the following for growing
kiwi in Lawrence, Kan.:
1. Kiwifruit do not tolerate winds well. If possible, plant on the north
side of a fence or windbreak, such as the privacy fence you have at home.
To help the plants get sunlight, afix the trellis so that it's held away
from the fence with "spacers."
2. Kiwifruit are shallow rooted. In climates with a high evapotranspiration
rate during the growing season, mulch deeply and water often.
3. A. arguta 'Issai', although self-fruitful, produces more and larger fruit
if it is fertilized by a male A. arguta or A. kolomikta plant. A male A.
kolomikta ' Arctic Beauty' may be a good choice for the northside of the
fence because it is more shade tolerant and the plants are generally less
vigorous than those of A. arguta.
4. Squirrels love A. arguta fruit. They KNOW when they're ready to pick.
If you have lots of these critters, I recommend having fried squirrel and
pan gravy with biscuits for breakfast. Just tell the kids it's
chicken...or quail or something else they'll eat.
Good luck with your new job and with the 'Issai' plant, Mike. Keep me
posted on how it's doing, and give my love to the boys.--Sam
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