Here I go playing with my food again!
Did you know that some kiwi are fuzzy and some are not? Some are big and some are little? Some you peel and some you don't?
A. arguta or Hardy Kiwi likes to live in zones 1-9 and 14-24. Its growth is similar in vining habit to the better known fuzzy kiwi but has smaller leaves. We grow it here in the Northwest (zone 8), in fact it grows with great abandon!
This kiwi you eat skin and all just like a grape! It has fruity flavor much akin to its fuzzy friend, with hints of melon, banana, strawberry, and a touch of grape. It is juicy and delicious!
A. deliciosa or kiwi or chinese gooseberry, flourishes in the same zones as the hardy kiwi. It will grow up to 30 feet if not curbed. Flowers are 1 - 1.5 inches that open creamy and fade to buff. It is a very handsome vine! It also grows here with great ease.
These deciduous vines are native to east Asia. They prefer rich soil, ample water and to be fed often. Needed are a male and female plant for pollination. Harvest is October and November. You will need a sturdy support for growing kiwi such as a trellis or arbor. They can also be trained on a wall or fence.
I highly recommend growing kiwi, it is a lovely vine that will reward you with sweet and tasty fruit in abundance...not to mention great photos!!!