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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Feb 26, 2017 8:33 PM CST
I keep wanting to buy this but I have read that you have to have a male and female. The box doesn't say what it is is there any way to tell?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2017 8:55 PM CST
You do need a male and female. And the only way to tell is when the plant blooms - the male flowers and female flowers are quite different. If the box doesn't say, I wouldn't bother buying it. It may take up to 3 years for those kiwi plants to bloom (and for you to find out).

Unlike other plants that need a pollinator, the kiwis have to be pretty close together so having a neighbor down the road with one won't help you.

In California, I lived in kiwi country. Regular kiwi are cold hardy down to about 10 degrees. Does it get colder than that at your house? They are also incredibly invasive. My mother grew hardy kiwi in Nevada - I don't remember her's being that invasive but she was in zone 2 or something. I do remember their size: Grapes!
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Feb 26, 2017 9:20 PM CST
Thanks @Daisyl it does get colder than that here usually only a couple of days during the winter but I have seen the cold snaps last a few weeks. I did read where it is invasive and you have to have a strong trellis for them to climb on. I tore down a house a few years ago and left the chimney sanding so I am going to plant them there. I guess I should buy them for someone who knows what there selling.
Boise, Idaho (Zone 6a)
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Archer007
Apr 27, 2018 11:33 PM CST
plantcollector said:I keep wanting to buy this but I have read that you have to have a male and female. The box doesn't say what it is is there any way to tell?
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It states "Self-Fertile" on the package. Actinidia Arguta "Issai" is the only hardy kiwi that is self-fertile, but performs better with a male plant. I have 2 Issai, 2 Kolomikta, 2 Flowercloud (Kolomikta x Arguta) males, and 3 female Arguta, and 2 male Arguta; all are only 2 years old so blooms have been sparse.

I paid $30/plant so jump on that bargain! Research Issai; they do not grow as large as regular A. Arguta.
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