Actinidia deliciosa ‘Blake’ (Sometimes called Actinidia chinensis)
The ‘Blake’ Kiwi is a vigorous vine with medium sized fruit similar to the ‘Hayward’. The fruit is fuzzy brown with lime green flesh and a strawberry like flavor. It ripens six weeks earlier than the ‘Hayward’. The ‘Blake’ is considered self fruiting but does much better with a fuzzy male to help pollinate it and your yields will be much greater. Earlier ripening makes it a good choice for cooler summer areas of the U.S. Heart shaped leaves up to 8” wide grow off of hairy brown shoots. It has fragrant creamy white flowers in summer that are 1.5” wide. The ‘Blake’ can ripen one year earlier than most Kiwi. Kiwi prefer moist, well drained soil in part to full sun.
Yields can be up to 50 pounds per plant. Generally, Kiwi needs to be 2-3 years old before they set fruit. Our plants are usually 1-2 years old when we sell them. Kiwi plants shipped Fall through Spring may be dormant and with out leaves.
Height: Twining vine or climbing shrub reaching 30 ft but can be kept smaller with some pruning. Minimum temperature: Hardy to 0ºf -10ºf. USDA zone: 7-11. Find your zone here. Light: Full to part sun. Fruit: Brown fruit with light green flesh. Bearing age: 2-3 years, 50 lbs. of fruit per plant. Pollination requirements: Self fertile but does much better with a Fuzzy Male to set fruit. Ripens: Oct.-Nov.
The last photo is an example of a #1 (1 gallon) 'Blake' Kiwi, however, it is not the exact plant that you will receive. Your plant will be approximately 1-2 years old and 2'-3' tall.
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