This valuable, very productive variety, Michigan State Hardy Kiwi is prized for its exceptionally large fruit and delicious flavor. Michigan State’s lime green fruit can weigh up to 1 oz.
If you like Fuzzy Kiwi, you’ll love this new and delectable fruit. Sparkling like green or red jewels, each very sweet fruit is packed with flavor. While smaller than Fuzzy Kiwi, you can eat the fuzzless Hardy Kiwi fruit like grapes, tender skin and all. Hardy to minus 25 degress F., or below and free of pest and disease problems, you can harvest 100lbs or more of the fruit from one Hardy Kiwi plant.
Hardy Kiwi like half dat to full sun and well-drained soil. A male plant is required for pollination and one male plant can pollinate up to 8 female plants. Hardy Kiwi ripens in mid to late September. The plants need a strong trellis and spread 10-12 ft when mature. They usually begin bearing 3-4 years after planting.
Latin Name: Actinidia arguta
Site and Soil: Hardy Kiwi likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Plant Michigan State Hardy Kiwi with a male Hardy Kiwi for cross-pollination. One male can pollinate up to 8 females.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 25° F.
Bearing Age: 3-4 years after planting, Issai; 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on trellis, arbor or other support.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: September-October
Yield: 100+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Hardy Kiwis are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems.
USDA Zone: 5-9
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3, 1-10, 12, 14-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32, 34-41