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ISSAI Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta 'ISSAI'


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-t- Planting Mix
ISSAI Hardy Kiwi Planting Mix

Helps your ISSAI Hardy Kiwi get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

25 ft.

Mature Width:

5-8 ft.


Full Sun


8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

2-3 years

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Actinidia arguta 'ISSAI'

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Ten Times the Vitamin C as Lemons!

The tangy, fresh taste of kiwi is indescribable! Our Arctic Kiwis produce a smaller fruit with all the great flavor of its bigger cousins.

Delicate little clusters of fragrant white flowers appear in early spring. Dense, heart-shaped foliage spreads through the growing season.

Train it along a fence or on an arbor in an open, sunny area for a great privacy screen or for shade.

Ready to harvest in late August. The grape-sized fruits can be collected a little green and allowed to ripen inside.

ISSAI Hardy Kiwi Pollination

ISSAI Hardy Kiwi are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional ISSAI Hardy Kiwi will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

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8 Reviews
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I ordered 4 of these a couple of months ago. 2 Male, 2 Female. They are doing well, new sprouts, no problems with growth. I am curious (I took off one star) because 3 of the 4 have a different shape leaf. One has leaves shaped as in the Ad Photo (Arctic Beauty Kiwi) the others are shaped like the Kiwi Arguta Issai. I guess it's too early to tell, but I wonder if I received the correct order? To me they appear as they are different plants
January 1, 2013
I live in Zone 10. I was concerned that it wouldn't do well in zone where I live. So far it is doing well and I'm very happy with it.
June 13, 2017
5 months ago
Have had for over two weeks, doing great so far. I'm in zone 8b and the summers get hot. I hope it survives the summer.
June 1, 2017
ST George, UT
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
Healthy kiwis
They arrived healthy and are showing new growth in the ground. I love fast growing Their customer service is wonderful
June 30, 2017
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
seem to be growing well
growing well so far looking forward to the fruit
May 8, 2017
6 months ago
So far so good
When I got my kiwi vine I said "oh great, they picked up a twig and mailed it to me," that was how spindly and dead it looked. But I followed the directions and now my kiwi vine is growing nicely. It's too soon to comment about hardiness but I see no reason this variety shouldn't do well here (zone 9). Very pleased and hoping to have kiwi berries in a couple of years. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is, I won't know about the fruit for a while.
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May 4, 2017
Growing Zone:
Sorry to say, they didn't last a week. Carefully planted etc. Didn't look healthy on arrival, should have said something then.
July 7, 2017
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
It is to soon to evaluate the plants. Let's see it they survive at least a year
June 5, 2017
5 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your ISSAI Hardy Kiwi

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your ISSAI Hardy Kiwi.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your ISSAI Hardy Kiwi gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your ISSAI Hardy Kiwi again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
needed another variety
Lysiane P on Jul 23, 2017
Kiwi are yummy.
Patrick S on Jun 8, 2017
needed another variety
Lysiane P on Jul 23, 2017
We love kiwi and hope that we are provided plenty for our dining pleasure.
Karen S on Jun 10, 2017
Kiwi are yummy.
Patrick S on Jun 8, 2017
Was looking for vines for a patio area and this one was unique. It is growing well in North Texas.
Dana D on May 16, 2017
I like kiwi and hope the flowers will attract butterflies for the fruit trees.
RONALD K on May 7, 2017
We eat the small kiwis and we love them
Michael N on Apr 2, 2017
Delicious! A new favorite fruit.
Ellen D on Mar 26, 2017
love the taste of fruits
Larisa K on Jan 22, 2017
Did not order this
Erlinda M on Oct 14, 2016
Thought they would be a delightful addition to my friend's garden. So cute and tiny :")
Alex F on Oct 10, 2016
I love growing our own food so why not kiwi
shawn s on Sep 15, 2016
Trying to use up credit on a plant that might survive shipping. I already have a kiwi that has grown like crazy for years but never fruited. Maybe they will like each other. Ha ha.
Susan M on Jul 12, 2016
We love kiwi and hope that we are provided plenty for our dining pleasure.
Karen S on Jun 10, 2017
Was looking for vines for a patio area and this one was unique. It is growing well in North Texas.
Dana D on May 16, 2017
how long does the tree take to fruit?
arushi on Jun 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It states that they sell the female that is self a pollinator and they you should see fruit after 1-2 years of planting.
If I buy two, can I be assured that I can get one male and one female?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We actually only have the Female version of this plant. The female ISSAI Kiwi is self-fertile and will produce fruit without a male pollinator.
does the issai arctic kiwi need a male and a female?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Issai easily sets fruit without a pollinator. We sell the female and you should see fruit after 1-2 years.
Kiwi .are larger then grapes. no?
van r on Jun 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our local organic produce stand sells these and they are smooth and green on the outside and about the size of a large grape. They are sweet but not, in my experience, as sweet as the larger, fuzzy kiwi. I haven't purchased yet but they are on my spring wish-list.
Will this plant pollinate an existing female?
shelley c on Jun 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our Arctic Kiwi Trees are transgender and self fertile. They would be a good mate to cross pollinate with your your female tree.
What about pruning, when, how?
Claudia H on Sep 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Pruning is necessary both during the dormant season and during the growing season. Trim flowering shoots back to 4 to 6 leaves beyond the last flower. In the dormant season, remove canes that fruited last season, as well as dead, diseased or tangled cane. Plants benefit from a thick layer of organic mulch, which helps control weeds, adds organic matter to the soil, and aids in moisture retention.
is this kiwi green in the winter in zone 7?
amy h on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Arctic Kiwi Tree isn't evergreen and loses its leaves in the winter.
Hi there,
It says 1 gallon, what does it mean, is it not a tree?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It is not a tree, but rather a vine. This is sold in a 1 gallon size and you should see fruit in 1-2 years.
self fertile?
Jose M on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Artic Kiwi is self fertile, but will produce a larger crop yield if it has a mate to cross pollinate with.
What kind of organic fertilizer can be used to feed the plant the nourishment it needs?
Edward M on Jun 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A good organic fertilizer would be the Espoma Citrus Tone.
do deer like this plant ?
patty s on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have 6 Arctic Kiwi plants and live where deer are prevalent. We have had no problems with deer eating the plants so far.
I am in a borderline 5-6 area with south and east facing locations. Is there anything that I can do to make this plant more viable on my patio?
Helen S on Feb 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in. If you live in zones 2-5 then you would need to bring it indoors in the winter.
What are the water requirements of this Kiwi?
Kathy M on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If summer brings about an inch of rainfall every 7 days or so, you won’t need to use the hose. If rainfall is sparse or your area is suffering from a drought, you will want to water your plants (about a gallon per plant – this is equivalent to about an inch of rainfall) every 7 to 10 days. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several plants at once.

If you are expected to get an inch or more of rainfall during the course of 7 to 10 days during the first year of growing for your kiwi plant, you will not need to supply additional water to the plants or you will risk drowning the roots.

If your area is prone to heavy rains, especially during the growing season, you will want to be sure your kiwi plants are rooted in a well-drained location to prevent waterlogged (drowning) roots.
can i grow this in southern california?????
Steve B on Feb 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Clink on the link to lookup what growing zone your in.
dose the kiwi need to grow high? or can I put it on a 6'high fence
Joanne B on Jul 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I only recently received the kiwis but I may be able to help since I teach vegetable gardening and vertical methods. IF the vines grow taller than the fence, gently bend them and weave it back downward. IF it reaches the bottom then again gently bend it and weave it upward.
Are these Issai arctic kivis deer resistant?
Marcela F on May 24, 2015

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