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Kiwi, ‘Prolific’

Kiwi ‘Prolific’ is a flavorful cultivar with smooth skin, so there is no need to peel them, unlike the fuzzy variety! This self-pollinating kiwi vine may be used as a pollinator for other female cultivars and is excellent for covering walls or fences. It produces medium to large fruit, similar to several varieties of grapes. When ripe, this tasty fruit has a reddish-violet blush on the skin and flesh. Kiwi ‘Prolific’ has more cold tolerance than other species and is mainly grown in areas where temperatures can range from 10°F to -18°F. This kiwi is delicious for fresh eating, salads, jelly, and desserts!

  • Self-pollinating
  • Cold tolerant
  • Vigorous grower
  • Excellent for wall or fence cover


Plant Details +

Botanical Actinidia arguta 'Prolific'
Height 20-25' vine or Grows to 12' in container
Spacing 8'
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Smooth green blushed with red-violet when ripe
Harvest Late Summer to Early Fall

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Choose a location with wind protection. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is about 1-2" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize when planting. Kiwi 'Prolific' will tolerate any well-drained soil type. Mulch to retain moisture and keep soil cool. This kiwi vine will need a wall or trellis system for support. Plant may be pruned as needed in late fall or early winter, or leave it to grow as you wish.

Pests or Diseases: Relatively disease-free