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propagating perennials: Actinidia kolomikta-Kiwi
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Actinidia kolomikta-Kiwi

Propagating Actinidia or Kiwi is sometimes propagated from store bought fruit but the problem is in the second year it must be grafted so I presume cuttings might be the best alternative as is buying stock from a nursery. Surprisingly it is winter hardy down to Zone 4 although a native to Asia. The blooms are fragrant and white in late spring or early summer and it will take 3-4 years before the woody vine bears fruit. It’s growth habit is similar to grape but is much faster, shallow rooted so it needs protection from drying out because it does best with a southern exposure in a well draining soil, and one plant can produce up to 200 pounds of fruit that ripens in the fall. Pruning is done either in the spring or fall and needs a sturdy trellis to support the vine.

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