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Ken's Red Hardy Kiwi

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Actinidia arguta 'Ken's Red'

A new hardy female A. arguta x melanandra kiwi, producing cherry-sized fruits with lovely burgundy red skin and flesh. The fruit flavor is just what you expect from a kiwi - sweet and delicious, with the classic kiwi punch, and no peeling!

These fast-growing, beautiful vines produce clusters of oblong kiwi fruits the size of large grapes. Lacking the rough "fuzzy" kiwi skin, these smooth fruits can be eaten whole, like bunches of kiwi-flavored seedless grapes. Originally brought to this country as an ornamental, the green fruit is similar to the fuzzy kiwi in flavor, though sweeter and easier to eat. The smooth-textured vines are very vigorous and need a strong support. Training a fruiting female vine up the legs or railings of a deck, or along an unattractive chain link fence, can create a great tropical effect and be uniquely easy to harvest! Have a hardy arguta or an early-blooming fuzzy deliciosa male for pollination, and allow 3-5 years to begin flowering and fruiting.

USDA Zone: 5-9

Grow Height: 40' Long at Maturity

Sun: Full Sun to Afternoon Shade in hot climates

Ripening Time: Early Fall

Pollination: Needs a Pollinizer - one Male for 6-8 Females

Read our Kiwi Growing Guide

Size: 2 Quart Pot


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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Robert W.
Ken's Red a favorite at Farmers Markets

I have a fair number of Ken's Red's growing, and have found, unlike prior review, that they have been, overall, rather vigorous growers. There were, however, a number of them that produced only a limited number of berries two years ago, while last year they were back to producing what appeared to be a normal amount of berries (have heard from one individual that this fluctuation seems to be more typical of Ken's Reds than other varieties, but they are so tasty that they continue to be my favorite hardy kiwi variety).

Nick G.
tasty, but lacking in vigor

Compared to our other hardy kiwis, these are a bit anemic in growth. Good, but thinking of replacing with a more vigorous variety.