Hot Pepper ™ Silver Vine Kiwi is from the Vavilov Institute in Vladivostok, Russia,. This unique female variety bears good crops of orange-yellow fruit with a sweet and spicy flavor, somewhat like a mild chili pepper. Make sure to pair with a Pavel™ male silver vine kiwi for pollination.
Latin Name: Actinidia polygama
Site and Soil: Silver Vine likes partial shade and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: For fruit, plant Hot Pepper ™ with Pavel ™ Male. One male can pollinate up to 8 female plants.
Hardiness: Silver Vine is hardy to minus 35° F. or below.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-10 ft. in width on fence, trellis, arbor or other support.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 20-30 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Kiwis are not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 3
Sunset Western Zone: Not listed
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-43