Actinidia arguta has fruit the size of a gooseberry, but completely hairless it can be consumed without peeling. The fruit is green fleshed, very aromatic and has the most pleasant, sweet taste when ripe. They are also known to be rich in vitamin C. By having sweetly fragranced flowers and a good autumn colouration (yellow) it adds an ornamental value to the plant. Male and female flowers are born on different plants, so both male and female must be planted together to have fruits (there are self-fertile varieties though but the main species is dioecious). The Mini Kiwi takes 2-3 years to mature but from then on you can harvest your own kiwi. It is winter hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as -20 C. The plant develops shoots early in the spring that are sensitive to frost. However, they grow back once the frosts are gone. This species of kiwi is also an extremely vigorously growing vine, requiring a substantial supporting trellis. Despite the challenges, once one has sampled the fruit, kiwi growing seems well worth the trouble. We have fresh seedlings ready to dispatch - their sex is not yet known so you have better chances for both sexes to have 3 plants, hence we supply several in a pot (yet no guarantee for male and female plants) which you can easily propagate yourself by cuttings later, when you know their gender (you need to wait 1 or 2 years for that).
|Fruit||Hairless, aromatic kiwi|
|Rate of growth||Fast|
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