kiwi fruit 'Solo'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June
- Flower colour: creamy-white
- Other features: delicious, greenish-brown kiwi fruit
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A self-fertile, free-flowering kiwi fruit that reliably produces masses of small, rounded fruits, which mature in winter. It is an ideal choice if there is only enough space for one plant (they are quite vigorous!) as it does not need a pollinating partner. Grow it against a warm, sunny wall with adequate support and expect it to start producing fruit after approximately three to four years.
- Garden care:Provide good support with a network of horizontal galvanised wires spaced at 30cm intervals and using raffia or garden twine tie in the plant, first vertically up a bamboo cane and then laterally, along the wires as it grows. It produces fruit on one year old wood, so you should aim to train pairs of lateral stems to develop permanent fruiting stems. When these exceed the alloted space, pinch out the tips and train a new leading shoot. It may take 3 or 4 years to start to producing fruits.
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