History: Meader hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) 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.
Recommended Use: Pollination
Size including roots: 20-40cm 1 year plant
Interested in some more in depth info? Check out this article from the Maine Organic Gardeners and Farmers Association.