Kiwi 'Issai' Vine - Actinidia arguta - 3L Pot
The 'Issai' is a hardy plant that is known for its bumper crops. It bears small, cup-shaped, fragrant white flowers followed by edible yellow-green fruit. This mini kiwi variety is self-fertile.
- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: mid green
- Approx. Growth Height: 3-4m, though supported shoots can reach 8m in length
- Approx Spread: 3m
- Comes in a: 3L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Vine is approx. 3 years old
- Harvesting Period: late summer, autumn
- Growing Habit: climbing
- Self pollinating: yes
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Rate of Growth: max. height in 5-10 years
- Scented: fragrant flowers
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, chalky, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
- Moisture: moist but well-drained, well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Water well during the growing season. In hot, dry conditions it might be necessary to water 2 to 3 times a week during this period. Mulch around the base of the plant in late winter.
Kiwi fruits will grown in a variety of soils but prefer fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. They require a sunny, sheltered position, ideally a south or west facing wall. They also grow well along a pergola. In milder areas they can be grown out in the open.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.