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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:36 pm 
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I made an impulse buy at a local box store the other day of a few Hardy Kiwi plants (Actinidia Arguta 'Anna' and ' Meader'). They claim to be hardy even to zone 4. I was just wondering if any of you all had any experience and or recommendations on growing these.

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wolfedg wrote:
I made an impulse buy at a local box store the other day of a few Hardy Kiwi plants (Actinidia Arguta 'Anna' and ' Meader'). They claim to be hardy even to zone 4. I was just wondering if any of you all had any experience and or recommendations on growing these.


You need both male and female plants unless you get one of the varieties that has both. It will take a few years before they start producing and the vines will get quite large.

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I have a small actinidia arguta 'issai' (self-fertile) and ken's red as well as an actinidia deliciosa 'solo' (also self-fertile).
It will probably be another few years before they start to produce fruit.

Like foxd said you need a male and female plant.
I couln't find a lot of information on whether a self-fertile variety can also pollinate other female plants but don't really see why this should not be the case (albeit maybe be less effective).
To me that route seemed the best option as I don't want a plant that is bearing no fruit and takes up valuable garden space. They are planted right next to each other to help with potential pollination.

[edit] I just saw that 'Meader' is a male cultivar so you have both


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