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Issai Hardy Kiwi

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Description

Sweet and healthy. The fuzzless kiwi that grows on this vine is exceptionally sweet – with 20% natural sugar. And it has eight times more vitamin C than oranges! This variety thrives almost anywhere, except in extremely wet soil. It is also exceptionally productive, bearing up to 100 pounds of fruit annually. The vine grows rapidly, so it requires a sturdy support system, which should be built before or soon after planting. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late August. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Green, White
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late August
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Good
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
intrigued with kiwis in Wisconsin. looking forward to jam gifts. hiding garage for neighbor with minimal cutting/weeding,
Margaret R on May 26, 2016
High vitamin c . looks easy to grow.
Jacque S on May 20, 2016
intrigued with kiwis in Wisconsin. looking forward to jam gifts. hiding garage for neighbor with minimal cutting/weeding,
Margaret R on May 26, 2016
We love kiwi and this is a self-pollinator that is smaller than regular kiwi and will grow in our zone in southern Oregon.
Carol F on May 22, 2016
High vitamin c . looks easy to grow.
Jacque S on May 20, 2016
"Self Fertile"
Hardy
Good reviews,
Known interest of recipient
James M on Apr 25, 2016
looks like a great kiwi for my zone. very excited to try this.
timothy h on Apr 22, 2016
It is hardy and I wanted another variety.
Emmett R on Mar 15, 2016
We love kiwi and this is a self-pollinator that is smaller than regular kiwi and will grow in our zone in southern Oregon.
Carol F on May 22, 2016
"Self Fertile"
Hardy
Good reviews,
Known interest of recipient
James M on Apr 25, 2016
My Issai Kiwi is over 3 yrs old and has not yet yielded fruit. For the past 2 years fruit has formed but they fall off a couple weeks later. Has anyone had this experience or know what could be wrong?
Janet R on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When a plant or tree drops its fruit before it's fully developed that's called "Shatter". Your plant may still be to young to bear fruit to maturity at 3 Yrs old. If the soil and climate are good, and you water and fertilize regularly you should see the plant bear to maturity in a few years.
I have one male and three female hardy kiwi vines purchased by Miller Nurseries. I am not sure if they are 'Anna'. I think they may have been listed as 'Arctic'. My question is: Would the Issai cross pollinate my current female vines? I would like to purchase one additional vine and I thought getting a different variety (Issai) would be good. Plus it is self-pollinating so it would not be dependent on my current male in case he ever has a year without flowers.
Fredski19 on May 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is a benefit of growing the self-pollinating Issai: It can also serve as a pollinator for female kiwiberry vines.
I planted mine last fall when arrived and am in the process now of traing the "trunk" up the center pole. It is growing fast as promised, but there are two other upwardly mobile shoots as well. Should these be cut off?
Don in Ct. on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: do not trim. in orchards we have observed them growing together forming a trunk that becomes an umbrella above you so that you can pick them from underneath.
How large are the kiwi berries? Are they grape size?
Brian S on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I purchased my kiwi plant last spring. It did very well adjusting to the planting/soil; however, I do not see any berries this spring. I know plants take a little time to adjust and grow 9and it is a healthy plant this spring), but no berries as of 12 months from original planting date (in Missouri).

Customer Reviews

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Looking good
Planted this in an 18" pot on my penthouse terrace in Summer, 2015. It began putting out new vining growth almost immediately. Growth is continuing this Spring, with lots of bright green leaves and a few new branches that I have been training to grow along the top of a trellis that hides an ugly parapet railing. Within the last few days I have also been seeing a few round green nubs that may be potential flowers. For such a young plant it looks very vigorous and healthy.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
great!
I got kiwi my first summer of planting and it was delicious!
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
The first year, my Kiwi was a little slow to take off, but this Spring, it's come back great, and doing really well. I'm hoping we might see some fruit this year. Service, shipping, etc was excellent with the company.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Issai Hardy Kiwi
I received this vine in great shape, so far it seems to tolerate zone 5/6 weather. No fruit as of yet, but it take 2-3 years before it will bear fruit. I trimmed it last year to help it branch out a bit. I have seen a few you tube video's that really recommended this variety of Kiwi for its hardiness and flavor. I can't wait for fruit production.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Doing great so far
I planted this over a year ago. I'm getting my first fruits this year. Make sure you give it something to climb and it should do great. I live in TN and the heat (it gets over 100) and the cold (it got to zero) didn't hurt it one bit.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
vines
I planted the kiwi in a large vase (weare short on water so I use containers so I can conserve the water) and hope it will grow on the fence which is close by. It freezes back but comes back in the spring. It is so pretty.
June 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
So far, so good
I'm giving this product 4/5 stars because it's still too early to tell how it will produce. I've placed the kiwi in the ground with a few others that were planted a year to two ago and so far, the plant is doing well! Well draining sandy loam with constant moisture is allowing this plant to thrive. I haven't seen it gain much height in the last month or so, but it's still early. I'm looking forward its progress in the next few years! The plant arrived healthy, happy, and with good signs of being well tended in the nursery.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Healthy plants with good roots.
I purchased 2 Issai Hardy Kiwis last fall in dormancy(trimmed to several inches tall) and they have sprung up very nicely from the strong roots grown in the pots they were delivered in. My only complaint is some damage to the branches which likely happened during shipping. But since this hardly hindered growth I am fully content with the purchase.
June 2, 2016
Purchased
10 months ago
Barely making it.
After 2 other attempts, this one is still alive. It hasn't reached high enough to attach to the trellis waiting for it. It's 3 years old and struggling.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago