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Common Name super hardy kiwifruit
Form woody vine
Origin Asia (Japan, Korea, Northern China, and Russian Siberia)
Light sun to partial shade
Common Name hardy kiwifruit
Form woody vine
Super Hardy Kiwi
Fruit eaten raw, cooked or dried for later use and is sweet. It contains up to 5 times the vitamin C of blackcurrants. The ovoid fruit is hairless and pale orange when fully ripe and is up to 25mm in diameter. It contains a number of small seeds, but these are easily eaten with the fruit. Young leaves can also be cooked. Used as a potherb or added to soups.
Hardy KiwiClimber growing to 15 m. Often sweeter than the kiwifruit, hardy kiwifruit can be eaten whole and need not be peeled. Capable of surviving -34°C, although young shoots can be vulnerable to frost in the spring. The vines need a frost-free growing season of about 150 days, but are not damaged by late freezes, provided that temperature changes are gradual.
Kiwi's are dioecious so for vines to bear fruit, both male and female plants must be present to enable pollination
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3/12/2018 07:27:54 pm
Just wanted to note that I have finally succeeded in gettting A. kolomikta to fruit for me here in Fairbanks, Alaska (about 65 degrees north latitude}. These vines are 30 years old and have withstood far worse than -34C, although I believe snow cover has enabled their survival. Our frost-free season is generally around 120 days, so it appears that 150 isn't necessary. The main obstacle has been the male vines' lack of hardiness. It seems that there is only a strain or two of males available, and they have routinely perished from cold. But I finally got one to puberty and was rewarded with ripe fruit for the first time. I have saved the seeds and hope to select a hardier male for the future.
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