Kiwiberry 'Issai'

Actinidia arguta 'Issai'

Bite-sized, zesty gems are produced in profusion on this self-pollinating, hairless, grape-sized kiwi vine. The delicate fruit is not available at the shops, so grow your own to enjoy this seasonal treat.

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Kiwiberry 'Issai'

We love this little garden treasure at Diggers because it’s the perfect home garden fruit. Its bite-sized, zesty gems taste delicious and are far too delicate to go through the rigours of commercial production and transport, so it will never appear at the greengrocers. A self-pollinating little kiwifruit with hairless grape-size fruit that both kids and adults adore. Perfect for a small backyard where there’s no room to plant two plants for pollination. In southern climates, provide afternoon shade and protect from summer northerly winds. First fruit is produced in 2–3 years, with full cropping in 4–5 years.

How to grow

A long-lived vine best suited to temperate climates, in southern areas provide afternoon shade and protect from summer northerly winds, especially while young. Plant against a strong support and prune each year. Start by training to a central leader, similarly to grapes, and train to a support. Fruiting laterals will be produced from non-fruiting laterals, so 8-10 buds should be kept each year. Expect fruit in 2-3 years and full cropping in 4-5 years.

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