The kiwi in the store requires semi-tropical conditions.
This relative is much hardier, taking temperatures below zero.
The fruits, as you might expect, are smaller, but they grow in clusters on a vine that can be trained to a trellis or porch or fence or what-have-you.
Requires 3 months of cold after planting before it sprouts, so put it in a pot in the fall and leave it outdoors.
BOTANICAL NAME Actinidia arguta
Needs a moist chilling period in a dark place before sprouting-a jar with something moist (moss, cotton) but not wet stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 3 months will do this. Start in pots the first year. Generally, prepare the permanent spot as you would any perennial crop. Vigorous vine-provide a sturdy trellis. One male plant to every 6 female plants needed for pollination; wait for plants to flower to choose which to keep. This can take up to 3 years.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 3-7/Height 20'/Matures 3 yrs