Actinidia arguta 'KEN'S RED'

Actinidia arguta
Actinidia arguta 'KEN'S RED'
mini-kiwi, kiwiberry
SIZE/TYPE vine
USUAL HEIGHT 2-6m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME June - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Fruit trees

Ken’s Red is a female variety of the so-called mini-kiwi (kiwiberry). It is a vine that is less vigorous that the species. Apart from tasty fruit it is a nice plant, too, with deep green leaves and scented flowers in June.

Its fruit has smooth skin, and both skin and flesh have various shades of deep red or burgundy purple. Compared to normal kiwi fruit the taste is the same but sweeter, and the shape is kiwi-like, too, just smaller – like a large gooseberry i.e. 2-4 cm long. They are the sweetest when picked after they have softened a little which is end September/early October. You can also pick up harder fruit, put in a plastic bag along with other fruit producing ethylene (e.g. apples) and keep them at room temperature. They will ripen up in a few days. Thanks to its smaller size they get much sweeter than its larger-fruited relative imported from southern counties. Semi-mature fruit can be stored in the fridge for 4-6 weeks in temperature 2-4°C. Ken’s Red is not self-fertile and needs a male pollinator for producing fruit. Issai variety is suitable. Professional gardeners do not recommend mixing plants reproduced by cuttings and by grafting – they have different flowering time.

Pruning is best done in late winter or late summer to prevent from bleeding sap. Remove branches that are older than 3-4 year to rejuvenate the plant. Kiwi needs a sunny and warm site with semi-fertile, acidic, fresh soil. Do not over-fertilize: such plants flower very reluctantly. Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 31-01-2012.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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