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Kiwi Plants

The Hardy Kiwi or Arctic Kiwi are very cold tolerant and can withstand temperatures as low as -25 degrees Fahrenheit. Hardy Arctic Kiwi plants need around 150 frost-free days for their fruits to mature and ripen. However, the kiwi plants can be successfully grown in containers and can be brought indoors by growers in colder areas. If expecting a sudden drop in temperature in Fall or Spring, it is best to protect your plants by covering them or bringing indoors.


The plants prefer to gradually acclimate to Winter and these early or late freezing storms can sometimes cause damage to the plant. Hardy Arctic Kiwi plants are climbing vines that need a trellis or fence to support it's abundant growth and fruits.


Hardy Arctic Kiwi's creamy colored, fragrant flowers appear over a several week period from May to June, depending on the growing region. Hardy Arctic Kiwi have male and female flowers on separate plants, thus both are needed to produce fruit.


Other interesting facts about the Kiwi is the amazing amounts of health and nutritional benefits that it carries. It contains large amounts of Vitamin C which is helpful for the largest organ of the body, the skin. The Vitamin C in Kiwi fruit also helps in tightening the skin pores. It gives elasticity to the skin by rising the percentage of collagen production.


Consuming kiwi fruit juice on a regular basis stimulates the development of new cells in the skin layers. It also improves the hydration of the skin, thus making the skin younger and glowing. Kiwi fruit for skin also aids with skin diseases. The Omega-3 fatty acids are very essential for preventing a number of skin diseases. It is also required for maintaining healthy cell membranes.


The nutritional benefits of Kiwi helps in digesting food as it has large amounts of dietary fiber and other components in digestion to help relieve and relax the body. It also has a unique enzyme known as actinidin that breaks down protein elements to assist in better digestive system. It reduces the percentage of cell damage due to oxidation, repairs DNA which gets damaged by oxidative stress.


So not only is the Kiwi fruit asthetically beautiful when sliced making for a pleasing decoration or a garnishment for dishes, it helps one maintain beauty and health from inside to out. Let Willis Orchard Company assist you with a shipment of Kiwi plants to begin your health regiment.


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Self-fruiting female flowers do exist, however they are not nearly as productive as having both male and female plants to cross-pollinate one another. Hardy Arctic Kiwi fruits are generally green skinned with emerald green flesh that has tiny black seeds, much like regular kiwi fruit. However, some cultivars have various amounts of red in either the skin, flesh, or both. The fruits are oblong and usually 1-2 inches long. Hardy Arctic Kiwi fruits are smaller, but much sweeter than regular kiwi due to higher sugar levels that range from 14% up to 29% (regular kiwi have +/- 14%.)


They also typically have little or no fuzz, so the fruits can be eaten right from the vine without peeling. Hardy Arctic Kiwi plants usually bear fruit at three to four years old. They grow best in rich, well-drained, somewhat acidic (pH 5-6.5) soils. Neutral soils are okay but if the soil becomes too basic, the leaves may show nitrogen deficiency and look yellowish. They do not tolerate salty soils.


Grow hardy kiwi plants in full sun or partial shade in hottest areas, like the Gulf Coast. The plants should be pruned in Winter for form and to promote fruit production. The fruit is borne on shoots from one year old or older wood. Cut out shoots that have fruited for three years and remove shoots that have twined around main branches.


The large amounts of Vitamin C in the Kiwi helps in protecting cells against cancer by neutralizing free radicals. The concentration of Vitamin C is said to be greater than an orange. The mineral and vitamins found in a Kiwi are also said to be in perfect harmony to help the balance in the digestive tract. It acts as a prebiotic element for the body.


Kiwi fruit contains zero cholesterol, zero sodium, has Omega-3 fatty acids along with a heavy amount of dietary fiber, natural sugar, vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, folate and potassium which helps ward off many diseases. The nutritional benefits of Kiwi fruit are helpful for losing weight as it possesses minor calories. It helps one lose extra belly fat and other areas too. The soluble dietary fiber content decreases your hunger issues. While decreasing the hunger, you lower the calories by not eating as often.


The Vitamin E and potassium in Kiwi are two good components for protecting the heart. These are some of many antioxidant properties that give a protective shield to heart. Potassium content in Kiwi fruit helps to control blood pressue and heart rate. The properties in Kiwi fruit helps to modulate the immune system by protecting you from stress and other infective elements. It also prevents from bacterial and virus attacks and protects from other infective elements. It reduces the percentage of cell damage due to oxidation, repairs DNA which gets damaged by oxidative stress.