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Kiwi, 'Prolific'
Item KI131

'Prolific' Kiwi, is a self-pollinating variety that is early ripening and produces abundant crops of medium to large, sweet and tasty fruit. The cultivar is sometimes used as a pollinator for other female cultivars. Fruits are flavorful with reddish/violet on the skin and flesh when ripe. Minimum chilling requirements; 300 hours. These Kiwi have smooth skinned fruits so there is no need to peel the skin of the fruits unlike the fuzzy fruit species Actinidia deliciosa. Fruits vary in size, and are similar to several varieties of grapes. Plant stems and fruit buds are more cold tolerant than the A. deliciosa species and are mainly grown in colder areas where the cold temperatures can range from 10F to -18F. Fruit flavors are of course different with every cultivar, similar to all fruits.

The Hardy Kiwi is THE FRUIT OF THE FUTURE! Can bear fruit the first year after planting. It produces smooth-skinned fruit the size of large grapes in late summer to early fall, great for fresh eating, salads, dessert or jelly. Kiwi plants are attractive growers that require a sunny location, preferably with wind protection. They can be grown in different types of soils; however, the soil must be well drained. Kiwi plants are very pretty when used to cover a wall or fence or used in landscape design. The fruit's use in recipes is endless.
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Size: #1 Hardiness: Zones 4-7

Botanical Name: Actinidia arguta 'Prolific' Plant Type: Vine

Fruit: Smooth green blushed with some reddish/violet on the skin when ripe

Height: 20-25' or Grows to 12' in Container Spacing: 8'

Harvest: The hardy Kiwis ripen in Mid-Fall

Foliage: Green Exposure: Full Sun

Pests: Relatively disease-free Deer Resistance: Fair

Notes: Grows on grape-like vines and needs a wall or trellis for support. Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. It thrives in full sun to partial shade, and prefers good soil on the acidic side. Do not fertilize this vine too heavily; this can trigger lush foliage growth but poor flowering and fruiting. Prune it as needed in late fall or early winter, or leave it be -- this Japanese cultivar is adaptable.

Planting instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is about 1-2" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize when planting.

Tolerates any soil type. Very vigorous. Relatively disease-free. Mulch to retain moisture and keep soil cool. Needs a trellis system. Flowers on one year old wood.


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