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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Let's Grow Hardy Kiwi!

Hardy Kiwi Anna - Female PlantWhen I first heard we were going to be carrying Hardy Kiwi plants this spring, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant. But after doing some research, these vigorous vines are actually quite simple to grow (even in our zone 5) and the small, sweet fruits are extremely sweet and satisfying!

About the Hardy Kiwi

Hardy Kiwis are also called Kiwi Berries, Hardy Kiwifruit, Grape Kiwi, and Baby Kiwi. The Hardy Kiwi Vine is native to Korea, Japan, Northern China and Russian Siberia. The fruits are very similar to the Kiwifruit but smaller and have smooth, edible skin. They can be eaten whole, without being peeled, and are much sweeter than the Kiwifruit.Hardy Kiwi Meader - Male Plant

Growing Hardy Kiwi

Growing this fruit-producing vine is really quite simple if you’re in hardiness zones 3-9 (find your zone here). First, start with both a male and a female plant. This is a must to produce fruit. We recommend planting at least one male plant for every five female plants that you have. Hardy Kiwi plants prefer full sun and average to well-draining soil.

These vigorous vines produce small, white flowers in the early summer, followed by greenish-yellow fruits in the late summer and into the fall. Be sure to provide support for the large vines and prune regularly, cutting back the non-flowering parts. Hardy Kiwi Meader - MaleTo harvest the Hardy Kiwifruits, wait as late as possible into the fall once the fruit has ripened. If you’re threatened with frost before the fruit ripens, harvest and ripen the fruits in the refrigerator.

Have any of you had experience growing Hardy Kiwis? Please post in the comments below or on our facebook page. Happy Gardening!

10 thoughts on “Let's Grow Hardy Kiwi!”

  • Cassandra

    I have two plants and they have not produced fruit yet. How does one sex a kiwi plant?

    • Mike Lizotte

      Hello Cassandra,

      Do you know the variety that you purchased? Let me know if you can gather this information and I cna help you determine what sex they might be. Ideally you need a male and female unless you have a self-friutful variety. Keep in mind it may take two years before you see fruit.

      Let me know regarding the varieties and I can comment further.


      The Seed Man

  • Helen

    Do you know where I can get starters?
    I ordered seeds however, were not allowed in the country.

  • Gloria

    Well this was a surprise, now where are they available to purchase? I am in On. Canada just north of Toronto.

  • william lowery

    I live in Ontario, Canada, I am interested in growing Hardy Kiwifruits. I live in zone 4 growing area. Would they survive the winters here.

    • Mike Lizotte

      Hello William,

      Unfortunately we can’t ship our live plants into Canada due to "live plant" restrictions. I would check with a local nursery and see if they might be able to source them for you. Keep in mind you will need a male and female plant unless they can track you down a self-fruitful variety. This will self-pollinate. I’d recommend the Actinidia arguta “Issai” as this is a very hardy variety that would do well in your cold climate.

      Thanks again and Happy Gardening!

      Mike “The Seed Man”

  • Mike Patterson

    I have been growing kiwi for 18 years and love it. My females were two years old when I bought them three years ago and produced for the first time this year. For soil they are in a clay loam that has had lots of composted manure, sharp sand, peatmoss, and two year old compost from our compost bins. I also put ground up egg shells each year in the gardens for all my plant and they do well. On top of this, the female kiwi are planted right beside one of the compost bins and therefore get lots of nutrients each year. My male kiwi is the same as you have pictured above and my females have just straight green leaves that are much thicker and larger in size and are much more frost hardy than this variety. The fruit from my females is almost square looking and as big as the ones we buy in the stores. They are a smooth skinned, hairless variety that are grown by a Dutch Grower in Kintore Ontario, Canada. They are the green colored ones inside.

  • Mike Patterson

    You Folks Have An Awesome Site Here, Keep Up The Good Work. :)

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