[NAFEX] Hardiest Kiwi

mIEKAL aND dtv at mwt.net
Mon Mar 22 09:35:35 EST 2004

For years I thought the kiwis I planted were a. kolomikta & it wasn't 
until Kevin Bradley, who is on this list, visited that I discovered 
that I was actually growing a. arguta.  Which is to say that these 
argutas that I have here have definitely survived -30+ here in zone 4.  
In the seven years I've been growing them I have seen no winterkill.  

On Monday, March 22, 2004, at 08:29 AM, Jim F wrote:

>     Alot of gardening mail-order catalogs list Actinidia arguta as the 
> "hardy kiwi".  It can only handle -25∞ F before it winterkills.  There 
> is another kiwi that is hardier, Actinidia kolomitka that can take 
> -50∞ F.  It tastes identical to the brown fuzzys, is only 30%  smaller 
> than A. arguta, produces less invasive vines than its cousins and it 
> ripens in August. 
>     I bought my A. kolomitka from Oregon Exotics but I have seen it in 
> (a few) other catalogs.
> Jim Fruth
> Pequot Lakes, MN
> Zone 3

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