[NAFEX] Bill's choices, Actinidia kolomicta

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Wed Jan 3 19:01:24 EST 2007

> I'm not on the great plains, but I am in the midwest in a climate that 
> also feels some wild fluctuations of temperature.  I've had A. 
> kolomicta for probably 12 or more years, and while it's had lots of 
> flowers I've only tasted 2 fruits.  I don't think it minds a sudden 
> drop in temperature--that is what they experience in Siberia in the 
> fall.  The problem here is that they break dormancy very easily, start 
> growing and blooming early and almost always get nailed by a late frost.

That's the main reason I didn't think the hardy kiwi would do well here. 
We frequently get unusually warm weather in late winter or early spring. 
Last year, it was in the 80's for pretty much the entire first week of 
April, then it got cold again.

Thanks to everyone for all the plant suggestions and comments (and 
recipes!). I don't want to reply to all of them, since that will clutter 
up the list, but I do appreciate it. And I will be replying to everyone 
who sent me messages off-list.

Lincoln, NE (Zone 5)

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in 
rationality. ... When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I 
think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than 
others. - Bertrand Russell

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