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ISSAI Hardy Kiwi

Actinidia arguta 'ISSAI'

$24.95

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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
$6.95
-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.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

$19.95
Add A Decorative Pot

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.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Great

Harvest Time:

August

Fruit Color:

Green

Year to Bear:

2-3 years

Chill Hours (minimum):

300-400

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Actinidia arguta 'ISSAI'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

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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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
Purchased
6 months ago
Hopeful
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
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Healthy kiwis
They arrived healthy and are showing new growth in the ground. I love fast growing trees.com. Their customer service is wonderful
June 30, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
seem to be growing well
growing well so far looking forward to the fruit
May 8, 2017
Purchased
8 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.
User submitted image
Added May 4, 2017
May 4, 2017
Growing Zone:
9
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
Purchased
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Waiting
It is to soon to evaluate the plants. Let's see it they survive at least a year
June 5, 2017
Purchased
7 months ago

Planting & Care



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


ISSAI Hardy Kiwi Planting Diretions

The smooth skinned green fruit are the size of grapes and taste like a sweet tropical kiwi without the fuzzy skin. But this hardy kiwi has the added benefit of being able to set fruit without a cross-pollinator. Although smaller than its relative, the larger and fuzzy kiwi fruit, they are no less deliciously sweet!

Choosing a location: Hardy kiwi (or "Issai") can be grown in any garden soil but does best in between a 5.5 to 7.0 pH level and do not tolerate poorly drained soils. They benefit from adding some compost ("organic matter") before planting. Vines perform best in full sun and when planted in late spring, well past the point of any frosts. They also will need a support system or "trellis." Kiwifruit trellises are usually in the shape of a "T."

Planting Instructions (in ground):
1) To plant the kiwi in the ground, choose a well-drained spot with either partial shade or full sun. Dig a hole with a spade that is twice as large as the root ball and slightly deeper.
2) Plant the vine against a fence or add a trellis at the time of planting, as the vines need support. Avoid adding it to the vine later.
3) Place the kiwi's root ball in the hole and center it. Hold it straight while back filling the hole in with a mix of quality topsoil and organic material, such as compost. Once the hole is filled, push down on the soil firmly but gently.
4) Water the planted vine thoroughly, but do not leave the kiwi sitting in puddled water. Make sure the ground drains well. Keep the kiwi watered during the growing season to keep it from stress. (see watering instructions)

Winter cold bites hard at plants of all species their first two or three years in the ground, especially with intense sunlight. A wrapping of corn stalks, burlap, or similar materials will shade the developing trunks and help with the cold.

Delay protecting the trunks until frost has penetrated the ground slightly; the plants must be exposed to some cold in order to properly acclimate to the cold months ahead. Where winters are severe, either due to very low or fluctuating temperatures, this wrapping may be advisable even for mature plants.

Planting instructions (potted kiwi):
A) Preparing your potting mix:
1) Purchase soil-less potting mix. Make sure it is well draining and has at least one-third organic material.
2) Make your own mix as an alternative by combining equal measures of peat moss, perlite or pumice, and vermiculite in a wheelbarrow or large container. Mix well with a shovel.
3) Add well-composted manure in the quantities recommended by the manufacturer (see label). Mix well with the shovel.

B) Planting:
1) Put the pot next to the trellis, arbor or pergola that will support the hardy kiwi fruit vine.
2) Fill the pot two-thirds full with the potting mix anchoring the bottom portion of the root ball into the potting mix.
3) Add more potting mix to bring the soil line up to the level the plant had in it's original container. Tamp the soil firmly to get rid of air gaps. Add more potting mix if necessary, but leave 2 to 3 inches of head space for watering.
4) Put a plant stake next to the newly planted vine if necessary to lead it to the support trellis as it grows. Use planters tape to fasten the vine to the stake at intervals. (Planters tape is inexpensive and commonly found anywhere that sells plants/trees).

 

Trellising: Build trellises before or soon after planting to accommodate the rapid growth of plants. These can be similar to grape trellises but must be strong. Posts should be 4" to 6" diameter to support plant and fruit weights and 8 ft to 9 ft long. A post should be set 2 ft to 3 ft deep to prevent winds from tipping the row over.

Run 8 to 12 gauge wire, at 6 ft high. The wire allows vines to grow with easy access to fruits hanging from the underside. Be sure the trellis is sturdy. A common failure is the construction of inadequate trellises for supporting the weight of heavy fruit crops. A "T" trellis can be made from this system, which provides more area for the vine.

Watering: 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.

Pollination: In most cases you need 2 kiwi plants both male and female, but there are many different kinds of kiwi and Issai Kiwi is one that is self-pollinating, so you only need " one plant " to have tasty treats and what is nice about the Issai kiwi is you eat skin and all, no need to peel them, even the skin taste good and is not "fuzzy."

Pruning: 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.

Fertilization: Do not fertilize kiwis the year of planting. In early spring of the second year, sprinkle 2 ounces of 10-10-10 (balanced fertilizer) around each plant. Increase this amount by 2 ounces each year until the plants are receiving 8 ounces, then do not exceed this amount.

Harvesting: Most hardy kiwis take about three years to bear fruit but the 'Issai' often bear the first year after planting. Fruits are picked hard-ripe, then allowed to soften off the vine, like avocados and fuzzy kiwi. Starting in late August, pick a few fruits and let them ripen on a windowsill or in a paper bag. Taste them when the flesh is soft and the seeds are black. If they don't ripen, wait several weeks and then test a few more fruits.

When you notice the first fruit softening on the vine, pick all the fruit. Store hard-ripe fruit in airtight plastic containers or sealed bags in the refrigerator. Take out a few at a time to ripen. Eventually, all of the fruit on the vine will soften, but if you wait that long, you will have an overwhelming harvest of fruits that will last only a short time.

Regardless of when you start to harvest, be sure to pick all the fruits before the first frost.A single mature hardy kiwi plant can yield up to 50 lbs of fruit! Hardy kiwis are also made into jam, but they're also delicious simply sliced in half and drizzled with fresh cream.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Fast-Growing-Trees.com Store
anticipated future sales - smaller fruit, shorter time required to yield
paul c on Nov 7, 2017
We love kiwi and hope that we are provided plenty for our dining pleasure.
Karen S on Jun 10, 2017
anticipated future sales - smaller fruit, shorter time required to yield
paul c on Nov 7, 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
needed another variety
Lysiane P on Jul 23, 2017
Kiwi are yummy.
Patrick S on Jun 8, 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.
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm 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. http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/USDA-Plant-Hardiness-Zone-Map.htm
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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