This kiwi is a relatively fast-growing, deciduous, woody vine which typically grows 15-20' and features tiny, slightly fragrant, greenish-white flowers in early summer and attractive, heart-shaped (to 5" long), green foliage variegated with white and/or pink. Flowers are not particularly showy since they are often hidden by the foliage. Juvenile foliage is purplish green. This species is dioecious (separate male and female plants), and the male plants reportedly have better leaf variegation than the female plants. Greenish-yellow, 1" long, edible fruits appear on female plants in early fall. (info: missouribotanicalgarden.org)
Genus - Actinidia
Species - Kolomikta
Common name - Kiwi Vine
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 15-20' (4.50-6 m)
Spread - 6-10' (1.80-3 m)
Plant type - Vine, climber
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full sun to Partial shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay)
Water requirements - Moist
Landscape uses - Decorative, edible and very useful fruits
Germination rate - 60%
Bloom season - May - June
Leaf / Flower color - Green (with ehite and pink) / White
|Germination||1. Fill a nursery flat or other germination container, to within 1/2 inch of the rim, with a sterile germinating mix. Moisten the mix thoroughly.|
2. Sow the Actinidia seeds on the surface of the mix. Moisten the seeds and place the flat in a cold frame or in the refrigerator at +2-+4C for three months. Keep the seeds moist during this period.
3. Remove the flat from the refrigerator and place it in an area with indirect sunlight and where the temperature remains between 50 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Place a fan either to the side of the flat or overhead, set to low speed, to provide air circulation. Seeds are susceptible to damping off – a fungal disease that kills seeds and seedlings. Good air circulation is one method of avoiding the disease.
5. Spray the seeds periodically with room-temperature water from a misting bottle to ensure they remain moist. Actinidia seeds typically germinate within 20 days to three months. (source: eHow.com)