Planting and caring for actinidia kolomikta (northern kiwi)

Actinidia kolomikta or northern kiwi or northern gooseberry is a fairly common plant these days. Actinidia can not only decorate your site, shading gazebos for relaxation with its thick vines, but also give useful sweet and sour fruits with a pleasant taste reminiscent of apple, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple.

Landing place

Since actinidia is a climbing perennial plant, it should be planted near hedges, or artificial supports should be created, however, it should not be settled near trees, since it may die in the struggle for life-giving moisture. Choose a slightly shaded area with moist soil, but not close to groundwater. The best option for planting actinidia kolomikta is acidic and slightly acidic soils without lime content. The best time to plant is early spring.

Leaving and weak points

Caring for actinidia is not difficult. Watering, weeding, fertilizing with mineral fertilizers, loosening the soil, moisturizing the foliage in hot dry weather, these simple manipulations will help the plant bear fruit for a long time. Like all plants, actinidia has its weak points, the most significant is its instability to frost in late spring, but in most cases the Kolomikta variety does not suffer from this, being the most frost-resistant, it can withstand wintering even at temperatures of -50 degrees. Minor imperfections such as uneven ripening and crumbling of northern kiwi fruits are minor. Non-simultaneous ripening is even a plus, because you can prolong the pleasure by enjoying fresh berries.

With proper care, actinidia will delight you for 30 years or more.

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