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Meader Hardy Kiwi (Male)

Meader Hardy Kiwi (Male)

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Species: Actinidia arguta

History: Meader hardy kiwi likely originated in Korea and was brought back to New Hampshire by botanist Edmund Meader, after whom it was named, in the 1960s. Meader has become one of the most common varieties of hardy kiwi since.

Why We Grow It: Meader is a male hardy kiwi, making it excellent for pollinating female varieties like Geneva and increasing pollination for Issai. Meader produces lovely flowers, but no fruit.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Prefers well-drained soil, and average to moist conditions. Does not tolerate wet conditions but is drought tolerant.

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vine, vigorous and generally disease resistant

Sun/Shade: Full Sun or Partial Shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Meader will pollinate Geneva and increase fruit set for Issai. One Meader plant will pollinate up to eight female plants.

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: N/A

Recommended Use: Pollination

Storage: N/A

Height Above Soil Line: 20-40cm

Interested in some more in depth info? Check out this article from the Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association

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