The ornamental kiwi vine, also known as 'variegated-leaf kiwi vine' or 'kolomikta vine,' has exceptionally beautiful leaves, is very healthy, and is easy to care for. It is an excellent choice for all locations where more demanding plants wouldn't thrive, or when only little time is available for gardening. Some Actinidia bring edible fruit similar to the edible mini kiwi.
(Ornamental Kiwi Vine / Variegated Leaf Kiwi Vine. Latin: Actinidia Kolomikta)
Position in sun or in shade, protected from the wind if possible. In direct sunlight the colour of the leaves is more pronounced. The soil should be moist, slightly acid, und rich in humus. Water the plant when the soil is dry, but excessive moisture should be avoided- especially with calcareous soils. Distance between plants: 1.5 to 3 metres.
This vine, with exceptional filigree leaves, grows by twining its shoots around a support, but in most cases it will need some help binding the shoots by hand to grow high. It generally grows up to 2-3 metres, but sometimes as high as 5 metres. It is frost hardy, but the new shoots will be damaged by late frosts. The male plants (only those are available) have variegated pink leaves from summer onwards. The leaves are healthy and last from April/May - October/November. The vine flowers in June/July with small white flowers. The bluish black fruits appear only on female plants-- for example, with the Russian variety "Klara Zetkin." Actinidia Polygama is similar in appearance but the fruit is bitter.