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Grape Kiwi Vitikiwi®

The best self-fertile grape kiwi variety

Grape Kiwi Vitikiwi®
 
 
 

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Product information "Grape Kiwi Vitikiwi®"

The self-fertility in so-called “self-fertile” kiwi varieties (for Actinidia arguta and Actinidia deliciosa) is usually not based on an effective self-pollination, but on the ability of certain varieties to regularly set fruit, even WITHOUT pollination. This process is called parthenocarpy in technical terms. And this is also the case with the grape kiwi variety Vitikiwi: it sets fruits regularly and reliably without pollination, which then also logically remain seedless. Nevertheless, if a male pollinator is nearby, the fruits are somewhat larger and then seeds are formed, as we know it from the normal, non-self-fertile varieties...this process, which is parthenocarpy, works for Vitikiwi somewhat more reliable than for the other known self-fertile grape kiwi variety Issai. Another important difference to Issai is that Vitikiwi has a slightly less continental cycle, which means it does not wake up right away from a mild winter and start producing shoots. Vitikiwi has a little less risk of spring frost than Issai, for which the almost too early and thus endangered start of vegetation in our climate is the biggest problem.

Maturity: End of September, beginning of October
Fruits: Small, elongated, berry-sized kiwi fruits, mostly seedless
Taste: Aromatic, sweet, similar to Issai
Yield: Very large, regular yield, more regular than Issai
Growth/health: Can reach 3 m high, but you can keep the trellis to 3m or the pole to 250 cm; Vitikiwi® is completely hardy and does not have the tendency like Issai to start growing too early
Pollination: Vitikiwi® is not self-fertile, but has the distinct ability to set parthenocarpic fruit without pollination. This leads to the regular yields. If there is a male pollinator in the area, the fruits of Vitikiwi® will be slightly larger and they will contain seeds

Tips

Harvest grape kiwis ripe and regularly The classic hairy kiwi are harvested hard and immature in our climate and then they ripen in storage - but the grape kiwi wants to harvested and enjoyed when it’s ready to be eaten. So it's worth it to test the grape kiwis every five days in mid-September, until the first fruits reach their full flavour – and only then should the harvest begin. Rounds of harvesting should follow approximately every 3-5 days so that all the fruits can be harvested as fully developed as possible. The ideal ripeness is best obtained with slight thumb pressure, which has been tested before tasting: only through pleasurable tasting and degustation can it be found out how much a fruit must yield to the thumb pressure in order to have the optimal ripeness, i.e. be fully flavourful and juicy - but not mushy.
 
  • Flowering Period May, June
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period September, October
  • Final height 3m to 4m
  • Final width 180cm to 2m
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Plant Type deciduous
  • Sweetness moderately sweet
  • Use for containers, South- and West-facing walls, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour green
  • Lubera Easy Tip Based on our experience in the variety tests but also in customer service, we have awarded this plant with the title “Lubera Easy Tip”. With this designation, we emphasise only those plants that according to our experience work (almost) everywhere; they are easy to grow and bear fruits or produce flowers quickly and without problems. These are plants that can be enjoyed immediately and without effort once planted.

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Jun 1, 2018

Fruiting (Dawn C)

What age and size are the Vitikiwi plants you sell and how soon would you expect it to fruit? Thanks

 
Jun 5, 2018

Fruiting (Lubera)

The plants are 2 years old. Normaly they start to bloom and fruit in the third or fourth year. Your Lubera Team

Mar 2, 2018

Suitable Pollinator (Elena)

Hello I can see that the introduction of pollinator might benefit the plant. Could you please let me know which pollinator is more suitable? Thank you Kind Regards Elena

 
Jun 5, 2018

Suitable Pollinator (Lubera)

If you want to plant a pollinator for Vitikiwi, take Masculino. Your Lubera Team

Mar 30, 2017

approximate size of starter plant in 5 litre pot? (Danielle )

Can you please confirm the general size (height) of the plant supplied as sold here in the 5 litre pot? Thank you

 
Aug 27, 2015

Potting on (Tony Marshall)

What would you recommend for potting on the grape kiwi. Should I just put it in a large pot such as a 30 litre heavy duty pot, fill with multi purpose compost and stand outside?

 
Aug 28, 2015

Potting on (sonja dreher)

Hello,
if the Kiwi should stay in a pot for always, it must be a pot of at least 100 Ltr. Volume. Otherwise the plant has not enough possibility to nourish itself.
You will have to make sure that it gets enough water in summer, as Kiwis have a high evaporation rate due to the numerous leaves.
In a big enough pot it can stand frost being outside and compost soil is always a good thing, you can mix it with soil for roses.

with kind regards
Your Lubera Team
Sonja Dreher

 
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