NOTE: The terms Hardy kiwi and Actinidia arguta are identical in this text; in reality, Actinidia arguta is Hardy kiwi’s biological word.
The Actinidia arguta and Actinidia kolomikta are cousins of the Actinidia deliciosa and produce the same type of fruit that is sold at grocery stores. Depending on the variety, this can be grown in zones 3 through 9. Like its warm-weather cousin, hardy kiwi also produces a small, sweet fruit that can be eaten whole, without the need for peeling.
The attractive heart-shaped foliage of hardy kiwi is featured in most landscapes. The climber grows well on pergolas and other structures. After all the danger of frost has passed, it should be planted in the spring. You will have to wait at least three years before you can harvest the fruit.
Why does my Actinidia arguta roots have rot?
Root rot on your Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) can be dangerous if left untreated. In order to keep your plant alive, we strongly suggest that you follow our advice if the signs start to show: blackened and mushy roots.
Why does my Hardy kiwi have gray mold spots?
A particular fungus known as gray mold spots spreads quickly and frequently damages flowers. This fungus is probably to blame if you see any brown (or gray) spots. If you disregard these warning signs, your plant could die.
The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Actinidia arguta. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.
Why does my Hardy kiwi have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for Hardy kiwi owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my Hardy kiwi leaves turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves are arguably the most prevalent issue in the gardening world. Overwatering or a lack of nutrients are the 2 main causes of this issue.
Reduce your watering frequency when you fear your plants are being overwatered, and follow these steps to determine whether they may be lacking in nutrients:
Each deficiency produces a different yellowing on the Actinidia arguta in question, here’s how to spot them:
- Yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves are the first sign of magnesium shortage. Veins continue to be green while the leaf’s core turns yellow. The leaf’s edges yellow last.
- Another indicator of iron deficiency is yellowing between leaf veins, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are first affected.
- Sulfur shortage first affects the youngest leaves, turning them entirely yellow.
- Potassium deficiency shows itself when leaf edges turn bright yellow, but the inner leaf stays green. Older leaves show symptoms first, and leaf edges soon turn brown.
- Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.
You only need to act in accordance with the symptoms listed above. You can address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency by buying a particular soil, and a gardening store consultant will be able to advise you on how to do that. Furthermore, you can also limit how frequently you water your plants.
Is my Hardy kiwi sunburned?
It is quite easy to find out if your Hardy kiwi (Actinidia arguta) has been burned by the sun. Just like on us, your plant will change color in this case, it will start to turn yellow or white.
As we saw above, the leaves of your Hardy kiwi can also change color if it receives too much water or insufficient light.
The bottom of the yellow leaves with a shaded area closer to the base can be examined to determine if they have been sunburned. If this part remains greener, the yellow leaf is most likely sunburned and not something else.
Why are my Hardy kiwi leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a Hardy kiwi that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Actinidia arguta in direct sunlight?
No! If your Actinidia arguta (or Hardy kiwi) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Hardy kiwi is in such a state!
As stated in the paragraph above, the cure is straightforward: simply position your plant’s Hardy kiwi so that it is out of direct sunlight. With proper watering and this method, your plant should quickly come back to life.
Why are my Actinidia arguta leaves drooping or wilting ?
In most cases, this happens when your Actinidia arguta lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.
You may quickly determine if your Actinidia arguta plant needs water by under-weighing its pot; if it seems light, the soil and roots are probably fairly dry and require water.
If the soil in the container is completely dry, you must first moisten it to guarantee that your plant’s roots absorb the benefits of the water. One common mistake is to drown the Hardy kiwi right away after a dry time because you think it needs a lot of water.
This is the case, but giving too much water at once is the best way to finish it off, you should actually water the soil normally, resuming a quiet watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Actinidia arguta
Water is necessary for your plant to live, but timing and amount of watering must be balanced. Overwatering could have disastrous effects on your own name, as we already mentioned.
You can tell if your plant needs water by touching the soil; if it still feels damp, it’s usually preferable to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
It’s also a good idea to keep your Actinidia arguta at a constant temperature, especially if it’s kept indoors. In general, at GreenShack, we suggest booking a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, keep your Actinidia arguta away from radiators, air conditioners, and other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your Hardy kiwi Dust-Free
This one concerns indoor plants, just like on your furniture, dust is also deposited on the leaves of your indoor plants, the problem is that it can prevent them from receiving the necessary light, this would slow down (or even stop) the photosynthesis process, and eventually, they would lose their colors.
This would also make the pests happy, a real descent into hell for your Hardy kiwi.
Take a microfiber cloth and gently massage the plant’s leaves to get rid of the dust. Use a damp cloth to make dust removal easier, but avoid using corrosive materials like rubbing alcohol!
Keep drainage in mind
If you have a tendency to overwater, you need to keep an eye on your drainage, we advise you to opt for a pot with drainage holes if it is not already the case and a saucer.
If your pots don’t already have holes in them, you can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the meantime. This will assist in creating a channel and keep the water from pooling there for an extended period of time, protecting the roots from decay.