Kiwi, Ken’s Red Hardy Kiwi
Hardy kiwi “berries” have sweet, smooth skinned fruits and ripen easily in the Pacific NW. You pop the whole thing in your mouth for an incredible treat! Bite-sized very sweet fruit with reddish-purple edible skin and flesh. ‘Ken’s Red’ is a vigorous grower that should be planted in full sun with support to climb on. Like most female hardy kiwi, Ken’s Red needs a hardy male kiwi for cross-pollination.
USDA Zone: 4-9
Pollination: 1 male plant required to pollinate up to 8 fruit producing female varieties planted nearby.
Time to productivity: 3-5 years until they both flower and fruit.
Size: Vines should be pruned back during winter to about 12′ long or less for best productivity. Will reach up to 40′ if left unpruned.