The two main varieties available are Actinidia Hayward male and Actinidia Hayward Female.
When, where and how to plant:
Kiwifruit will tolerate part shade but prefer a sunny location where they can ramble across some type of trellising system. The vines should be protected from strong winds. Spring gusts can snap off new growth where it emerges from the canes. Plant in new plants out in spring, note you will need both a male and female plant for pollination. They prefer well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter. Add compost or well rotted manure if soil is light or fine. Kiwifruit plants need large volumes of water during the entire growing season but must also be in well-drained soils. Watering regularly in the heat of the summer is a must. Never allow a plant to undergo drought stress.
• Water well through dry periods
• Attach growing vines to wires or support
• Apply nitrogen feeders in abundance during the first half of the growing season. Late season applications of nitrogen will enhance fruit size but are discouraged as the fruit then tends to store poorly.
• Prune in winter back to encourage new shoots for following year and to allow light and air into the vine for pollination.
Harvest when fruits feel soft to touch. Kiwifruit will store in the fridge for months if picked at the soft stage and will ripen when left out on the bench in a few days.
How to use:
Use fresh or in desserts, pies and chutneys