Common names; Chinese Gooseberry or Kiwi fruit
Actinidia chinensis is a hardy deciduous vine with decorative foliage that originates from the far east, and is suited to growing up walls providing there is some sort of support, pergolas or trees.
The can grow to a height of 6-7 metres with a spread of 1.2-1.5 metres.
produces clusters of fragrant, round white flowers with purple anthers, during June and July followed by green-yellow berries.
The Chinese gooseberry or Kiwi fruit, is a vigorous ornamental climber with dark green heart-shaped leaves.
Clusters of round cream-white flowers, appear from June to August, followed by edible egg-shaped fruits.
The fruit has brown hairy skin which easily peels off to reveal juicy green gooseberry-flavored flesh.
Is grown for its attractive foliage, the dark green heart-shaped leaves that are marked with pink or white at its tip, small white flowers appear in June.
Cut back wayward growths and generally thin out plants as necessary.
Prick out autumn sown seedlings if large enough to handle.
To encourage a spreading/bushy habit pinch out the growing points of arguta and chinensis when quite young.
Insert 75-100mm (3”-4”) cuttings of half-ripened wood in a 50-50 peat/sand compost mix and place in a cold frame to root.
Alternatively; Place them on a hot bed and mist them at least once daily with clean water.
When rooted pot up into 75-100mm (3”-4”) pots and grow on until planting out time.
Sow seeds as soon as they are ripe and place in a cold frame to germinate.
Plant out young plants in a sunny or partly shaded position, in any well drained non-alkaline soil,although a loamy soil is best.
The male and female flowers of chinensis are usually on separate plants, therefore specimens of each sex should be grown near each other to ensure pollination.