Vines and Climbers forum: Growing silvervine for cats

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Nov 12, 2016 10:26 AM CST
I just heard about this plant being attractive for cats. Silver Vine (Actinidia polygama)

I was wondering if it could be grown in my zone and if the fruit is edible to people?
Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 10, 2016 2:11 PM CST
This site says it will grow in zones 4-9, and they offer seeds. A bit dear though:
http://www.georgiavines.com/ca...
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Dec 18, 2016 1:37 PM CST
woofie said:This site says it will grow in zones 4-9, and they offer seeds. A bit dear though:
http://www.georgiavines.com/ca...


Thanks!
Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Feb 14, 2017 11:15 AM CST
Hello, just came across your post. If you are still wanting some silvervine seeds, I can send you some for free. Just tree mail me if you still want some. I tip my hat to you.
Happy Gardening :-)
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 15, 2017 1:48 AM CST
Agoo said:Hello, just came across your post. If you are still wanting some silvervine seeds, I can send you some for free. Just tree mail me if you still want some. I tip my hat to you.


Will they grow here?
Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Feb 15, 2017 12:01 PM CST
I am in zone 5b here. I would give it a shot. I don't know why it wouldn't grow there. We get freezing tempatures, snow, ice. Dosnt seem to hurt it any. Just make sure you have the room for it. I wanted to quickly cove a 20 foot X 5 foot high section of fence. At first i thought I might need a couple more plants to get the job done, but nope. Just one 12" high silverlace got the job done within 3 years and its still getting bigger.
On the pic here the silverlace vine is in the background covering the fence.
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Happy Gardening :-)
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Name: Colleen
Edgewood, NM (Zone 5b)
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Agoo
Feb 15, 2017 5:03 PM CST
I'm so embarrased, the vine you were asking about and the one I was telling you about are 2 different plants. Please forgive me. If I had the one your after I would certainly offer it to you.The Crying
Happy Gardening :-)

DWRead
Jul 20, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Keith,

Yes, the fruit is edible, but I've heard it is not as tasty as supermarket kiwi fruit.

None of the five seeds I received from Georgia Vines was viable.

Last year I mail-ordered 𝘈𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘢 'Pavel' from One Green World.
I was disappointed to find that my cats are not at all interested in it, even though they have responded to purchased silvervine powder from Japan.

There's an NIH article on a related species, 𝘈𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘢. The scientists found little or no amounts of cat attractants in their plants. That could be due to the immaturity of their plants, compared to established groves in the wild.

Perhaps my plant is just too young to contain much cat attractant.
Or, perhaps I should have purchased a female kiwi plant. I haven't seen any research on whether or not gender matters.
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