Begins fruiting the second year -- no pollinator needed!


Issai Kiwi

Trade Gallon
Item # 48004
$29.95
Item is sold out.

Actinida arguta 'Issai'

Compact enough to grow in a container
Daunted by the rampant growth of the kiwi vine, or simply unwilling to commit so much precious garden space to one plant? Let 'Issai' bring the beauty and flavor of kiwifruit to your garden without the giant size! This mini-Kiwi has a restrained habit, needs no pollinator, and sets the most delicious miniature fruit we have ever tasted. In the garden or even in containers, you will find it easy and rewarding.

Reaching just 12 to 20 feet long, this deciduous vine is much less vigorous than the species -- it grows easily but won't take over the garden. A twining climber, it offers glossy foliage, fragrant 1-inch white blooms in early summer, and a generous harvest of 1- to 1 3/4-inch fruit in mid-fall. If you've got at least 150 frost-free days each year, you can enjoy big harvests beginning just the second season after planting.

'Issai' has a really remarkable flavor, much sweeter and more succulent than the "fuzzy" kiwis found in most stores. The fruit is smooth, green, and just a little soft when fully ripe. If your season is short, pick the fruit a bit early and let it ripen in a paper bag with apples or pears. It's simple to harvest and always delicious.

Best of all, 'Issai' is self-fertile, so you need plant only one. It thrives in full sun to partial shade, and prefers good soil on the acidic side. Do not fertilize this vine too heavily; this can trigger lush foliage growth but poor flowering and fruiting. Prune it as needed in late fall or early winter, or leave it be -- this Japanese cultivar is adaptable.

'Issai' is perfect for containers, particularly in the shorter seasons of zones 4 and 5. It fruits somewhat late, making it a great choice for southern climates as well. You simply cannot go wrong with this delightful mini Kiwi! Zones 3-8.

Genus
Actinida
Species
arguta
Variety
'Issai'
Item Form
Trade Gallon
Zone
3 - 8
BloomStartToEnd
Early Spring - Late Spring
FruitColor
Green
Habit
Vining
PlantHeight
12 ft - 20 ft
PlantWidth
12 in - 20 in
BloomSize
1 in
Additional Characteristics
Bird Lovers, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Flower, Fragrance
Bloom Color
White
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Harvest Season
Mid Fall
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements
Moist,  well-drained
Resistance
Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Uses
Border, Fall Color, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Actinidia Kolomikta
Ornamental Kiwi Vine

Planting:

These plants are dioecious-ours are male, preferable for the color. Set out plants 4 to 6 feet apart in sun or filtered, light shade-against a southwest facing wall or fence would be ideal. A. kolomikta is not fussy about soil type


Maintenance:

Plants will need some initial training and support. Prune for aesthetics and to keep in bounds.


Zones:

Zones 3 to 9

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1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.