Description of Jenny Plants & Fruit:
Jenny is a sweet, hairy kiwi vine that grows well in sheltered, sunny sites across most of England and Wales. Gardeners in the North and Scotland can grow them in a greenhouse. The lush green leaves have red stalks and will cover up a wall or fence as well as any ornamental climbing plant. Jenny is a self fertile Kiwi, so you only need one plant. We did not know how to classify a kiwi vine for ease of website use which is why Jenny is listed in our fruit trees section.
Characteristics of Actinidia deliciosa Jenny:
Growing Jenny Kiwi Vines:
Kiwis are vines and need to be grown up something to support them, usually on wires or a trellis. The South facing wall of a house is ideal.
Kiwi vines are pretty hardy can be grown in the open as far North as Yorkshire and under glass anywhere in Britain. We don't want to put you off growing your own Kiwis, but we have to tell you that your crops need a long, sunny summer to be at their best. You will get more reliable results if you grow your vines under glass, even in in the South.
The flowers are sensitive to late spring frosts but, in most years, your vines should not come into flower until the frosts have passed. It is recommended to cover your plants for the night if there is a frost warning when they are in flower.
Rich soil is important - dig in plenty of good manure and compost before planting.
Soil drainage must be good and a South facing site with full sun is necessary for good cropping.
Thinning your Fruit: If you are growing your vines in the open and summer is turning out to be cloudy and cool, you can greatly improve the quality of your fruit by removing about a third to a half of the developing crop. It's better to have a small crop of delicious, sweet Kiwis than a big crop of unsatisfactory fruit!
Pruning Kiwi Vines: Kiwis are a vigorous plant and will get very big if you allow them to. The rule with Kiwi vines is to cut each individual stem down to the ground when it reaches 3-4 years old. Kiwis mainly carry fruit on new shoots that come off one and two year old vines. By removing the older vines, you will both keep the size of your plant under control and ensure that at any one time, most of the stems are less than 4 years old and carrying plenty of fruit.
You should start pruning your plants about 2 years after you plant them. It is best to prune them in winter.
Remove Suckers: Your plants are grafted, which means that the roots are a different plant to the one you see above ground. Suckers are shoots from the roots that appear from below the joint where the two plants are grafted together. You need to remove these on sight.