1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial sun.

2. USDA Hardiness Zones - 4 to 8.

3. Planting Distance - 10 to 15 feet apart in ground. (Your collection contains two females and one male plant.)

4. Mature Height/Spread - 9 to 12 feet tall with a spread up to 24 feet.

5. Bloom Time - The flowering period extends over several weeks from early May to June, depending on climatic conditions. The female plants will bear the fruit.

6. Planting Instructions - Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown.  Please note that many of our pots are biodegradable.  If your plant is not in a traditional plastic pot then you may place the entire biodegradable pot in the ground; otherwise gently remove the rootball from the pot.  Partially backfill the hole with soil and place the plant into the hole.  The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers.  Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply.  If it is, raise the plant carefully and refirm the soil.  Water thoroughly.


This assortment of easy-care (even no care) Hardy Kiwis (Arguta strain) will appeal to all fruit-lovers. Often referred to as the "Chinese gooseberry," it has been grown and collected from the wild for centuries in Asia before coming to the U.S. in the 1900's. The nice thing about the 'Arguta' strain is that you don't have to live in a tropical paradise to grow this fruiting variety.  It is suitable for planting in large whiskey barrels or containers with a large support or against a wall or fence in-ground.  Various means can be used to provide support for the vines. They can cover trellises, arbors, or fences, or serve as a screen for porches. Overhead trellises have the advantage of making the fruit easier to pick, as it hangs below the foliage. Depending on one's gardening style, the vines can even be grown in trees. Kiwis can also be kept pruned back, resulting in a more compact vine with somewhat larger fruit. Kiwis are very ornamental in the landscape. The dark green berries are 1.5 inches long and 1 inch wide and hang in clusters that ripen in September. The fruit is skinless and tastes like a Pandora's box of banana, strawberry and pear flavors all wrapped up in one delightful package.

Note:  The male is for pollination only as it does not bear fruit.


Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office.  These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance.  See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:

1.  Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.

2.  To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.

3.  After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.


Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground.  Do not allow plants in containers to dry out.  In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat.  You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).

Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.

Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with all plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.

Grooming - Do not prune in the spring or early summer. This is when sap is flowing heavily in the vines and will cause large amounts of 'bleeding'-sap loss. Prune in the fall after the fruit is harvested or lightly in-season to remove unsightly or dead growth to maintain the plants in good form and shape.

Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Fruits and Vegetables. Discontinue feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.

Winterizing - The time to protect your plants in the garden is after the ground has frozen. At that time, apply a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, straws or leaves to prevent lifting of the plant's roots during alternating periods of freezing and thawing.

For container planting, move plants next to your home's southern foundation for added warmth and protection. They may also be moved into an unheated, protected area such as a garage or cellar. If moved to a protected area be sure you water them well once every 7 to 10 days.

In spring, remove the mulch from in-ground plantings.  Also, bring containerized plants back out into the garden sunlight where they will immediately begin to repeat their yearly garden performance.  


CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.