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Actinidia (Kiwi Fruit)

Actinidia or Kiwi Fruit are perennial, mostly deciduous, fast growing Asian climbers with ornamental foliage. Their whitish flowers are followed by sometimes quite large fruits ripening in autumn and which are edible in several species. As several species are strictly dioecious (i.e. female and male flowers are born on different plants), various young plants should be grown together until their first flowering, after which one male plant should be kept for about two to three female plants. All Actinidia species grow well in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. In the first years some winter protective mulch layer is recommendable.
Sow seeds flat in any rich, well drained soil. Keep pots in a sunny spot protected from permanent freezing outside during winter. All species require a cooling period of several months prior to germination. Keep young plants preferably frostfree for the first two years at a minimum of some 5°C in winter with reduced watering. Transplant seedlings in spring before the leaves emerge as soon as they are large enough to handle.
All are USDA Climate Zone 7 unless stated differently.
20 seeds per package.
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Actinidia arguta (Yellow Kiwi)

Actinidia arguta (Yellow Kiwi)

5 (7)m, Yellow Kiwi is a fully winter hardy species with walnut-sized, green to golden-green, smooth-skinned ovoid fruits with a golden-yellow to greenish-yellow, deliciously sweet aromatic flesh in autumn. Ripe and soft fruits can be eaten raw as they are without peeling off the skin as in the common Kiwi (Arguta chinensis) - a simply perfect fruit! It makes dense, shining foliage from vigorous vines with fragrant white flowers. An excellent and still rarely seen Kiwi plant. Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. Plants require a climbing aid. V-VI.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 2102 € 3,99*
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Actinidia arguta var. purpurea (Purple Kiwi)

Actinidia arguta var. purpurea (Purple Kiwi)

3 (5)m, Purple Kiwi is a rarely cultivated variety with showy dark purple, ovoid, edible sweet fruits in autumn. Plants require a climbing aid. Easily cultivated in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. IV-V.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 4868 € 4,99
Actinidia chinensis (Kiwi Fruit)

Actinidia chinensis (Kiwi Fruit)

3 (9)m, Kiwi makes showy cream white flowers in spring, both on male and female plants, followed by brownish egg sized fruits on female plants, having a sweet sour aromatic green flesh. Fruits are ripening in late summer. Ornamental, heart shaped leaves. A strictly dioecious species, requiring both male and female plants in order to set fruits. For any humus rich, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plants require a climbing aid. V.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 2103 € 3,99
Actinidia kolomikta (Silvervine Kiwi)

Actinidia kolomikta (Silvervine Kiwi)

5 (10)m, Silvervine Kiwi, makes small fragrant white flowers, which produce yellow green edible kiwi fruits in late autumn. The deciduous foliage has most ornamental silver and rose patches on the upper surface. A strictly dioecious species, requiring both male and female plants in order to set fruits. For any humus rich, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plants require a climbing aid. V-VI.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 2104 € 4,99
Actinidia melanandra (Black Kiwi)

Actinidia melanandra (Black Kiwi)

3 (7)m, Black Kiwi is a fully hardy species with delicious dark green, walnut-sized, very aromatic fruits in early autumn. It has large, oval to heart shaped leaves and fragrant white flowers. Native of woods in China (Hupeh and Szechuan). Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. Plants require a climbing aid. V-VI.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 3707 € 4,99
Actinidia polygama (Japanese Kiwi)

Actinidia polygama (Japanese Kiwi)

4 (7)m, Japanese Kiwi is a fully hardy, medium sized, vigorous twining deciduous climber with large heart shaped leaves. Its small whitish green flowers are followed by small, non-edible and bitter greenish yellow to orange yellow fruits in early autumn on female plants. Easily grown in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. Plants require a climbing aid. V-VI.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 2105 € 4,99
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