Meader and Other Kiwi Varieties

Meader and Other Kiwi Varieties
Of the many kiwi varieties that are available, the following are well worth growing. These include Meader kiwi.

74-46 Kiwi

This male plant originated in Chico, California. It was chosen as a pollen source for the 74 series female kiwis.

This variety blooms for a very long period, and produces a very large number of blossoms.

74-32 Kiwi

This male had its origins in Chico, California. It is believed to have been a seedling whose parentage is unknown.

74-32 was chosen as a good pollen source for the 74 series of females. This plant blooms early, and bears blossoms over a long period of time. The vigorous vine produces a large number of blooms.

This variety is considered a good pollen source for Ken’s Red and for the hardy kiwis. The plant adapts to full sun and partial shade. It does best in a well drained, moist soil.

Meader Kiwi

Both male and female Meader plants are available. These were bred and named for Professor Ellwyn Meader, who invested two decades of breeding to create these plants. The very vigorous plants have purple red petioles.

Hardy to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, the female Meader plants bear large crops. The medium sized fruits are early to ripen—as early as late August in some locations. These are very high quality fruits.

The male Meader plants can also serve as a pollen source for pollinating Michigan State University kiwi as well as Chang Bai Mountain kiwi. It is not recommended for pollinating the variegated kiwi varieties.

Saanichton Kiwi

Hardy to five degrees Fahrenheit, this variety is somewhat more hardy than Hayward kiwi. This variety originated in Canada, and is grown from California to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Saanichton is recommended for both home orchards and for commercial growers. The plants bear large crops of fruits. Easy to peel, these kiwis ripen about a month before Hayward. The flavorful fruit is very sweet tasting.

74-49 or Forty Niner Kiwi

This female hardy kiwi was apparently released by USDA. Some sources report that the plant originated in Chico, California.

It is recommended for zones five through eight. A very reliable, vigorous vine, this is a very attractive plant with particularly large leaves.

The highly productive plant bears large crops of fruits. The high quality, good sized kiwis are equally long and wide. Borne in long clusters, the very attractive, large, flat, very aromatic kiwis have a smooth skin.

These kiwis ripen mid-season at the same time as Arbor-Eat-Um and Geneva. They have a very rich flavorful, distinctive, sweet taste.

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