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Hardy Kiwi ‘Issai’

The great thing about ‘Issai’ Kiwi is that it’s fuzzless and sweeter then the fuzzy ones! Plus, they are self-fruiting; meaning that you only need one plant to produce fruit or plant with other female kiwis and harvest more fruit! These delicious fruits are sweet and juicy just like the fuzzy variety but now you don’t have to peel them. They are also smaller so you can just pop them in your mouth like big grapes! Very high in Vitamin C! Some say twenty times higher in Vitamin C than other citrus! Fruits are now being marketed and sold in produce stores. The demand will be growing for these small delicious fruits. The plants are small enough to grow in a container. This mini-Kiwi has a restrained habit, needs no pollinator, and sets the most delicious miniature fruit ever tasted. In the garden or even in containers, you will find it easy and rewarding. Less pruning required because of its early fruiting and spur type growth.

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.

Availability

# Description Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
KI121BAG Hardy Kiwi 'Issai' 72 $23.50
KI121-1
KI121-2

Plant Details +

Plant Type Vine
Size 1 YR #1
Height 20-25' or Grows to 12' in Container
Spacing 8'
Hardiness Zones 5-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Smooth green with green interior
Harvest The hardy kiwis ripen in mid to late September

General Information +

Botanical: Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

General Characteristics: 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/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Relatively disease-free

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.