Hardy kiwis are relatives of the brown, fuzzy kiwis we buy in grocery stores. The fruits however, grow to about 1 1/2″ long, and are completely fuzzless, so they can be eaten right from the vine without peeling. They’re like eating really big green grapes that taste like kiwis.
The vines grow to 20 feet in length, and have nice ornamental value. Female vines produce as much as 100 pounds of fruit when mature, and all kiwis must be grown on a sturdy arbor or trellis. One male vine will pollinate several female vines, but the females will not produce any fruit without a male in the vicinity.
These kiwis are hardy throughout Michigan, and are now being planted as a commercial crop in the state. they are easy to grow, and other that some pruning, require little maintenance.
Ken’s Red – this female variety has fruit the size of seedless grapes, but has a pretty red coloration. It ripens about two weeks before Anna and MSU. This one is a bit less cold hardy than the other two females, so will do best in the southern half of the lower peninsula, or near a great lake. SOLD OUT
Meader – a male pollinator for Anna and MSU. Flowers do not form fruit but are required for pollination of the female plants. One male will pollinate several female vines.
M S U – is a female plant producing fine flavored, good sized fruit. can produce 100 pounds of kiwis per plant.
Anna – a female variety that produces heavy crops of beautiful green fruit with a mild pineapple flavor. Fruit grows in clusters like grapes.
Plants in 1 gallon pots are priced at $11.00 each.