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Actinidia kolomikta

Kolomikta vine

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

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Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

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Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

  • Botanical name: Actinidia kolomikta
  • Common name: Kolomikta vine
  • Family: Actinidiaceae
  • Plant Type: Climber, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Variegation

Actinidia kolomikta is a deciduous climber, grown for its distinctive and attractive foliage. It is a very fast growing plant, with twining stems and heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are initially green, but on mature plants they will be tipped with silver and pink. It does take a few years for this leaf variegation to appear on the plant, so be patient.

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Actinidia kolomikta produces small, white, fragrant flowers and female or hermaphrodite plants will produce small edible fruit, but it is primarily grown for its foliage.

How to grow Actinidia kolomikta

Grow Actinidia kolomikta in a sunny, sheltered spot, in moist but well-drained soil. A sunny spot against a wall will work particularly well. Horizontal galvanised wires can be used to support the main stems. Limited pruning is required, but in early spring you can remove stems that are crossing or overcrowded and any diseased plant material.

You can propagate Actinidia kolomikta from seed, taking softwood cuttings, layering or grafting.

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It does not suffer from any pests or diseases, but might require protection from cats who are attracted to the plants scent.

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Advice on buying Actinidia kolomikta

  • Actinidia kolomikta is typically sold in 2 litre pots
  • Make sure you support the plant once you get it home, some plants will be sold with a support cane

Where to buy Actinidia kolomikta

How to grow Actinidia kolomikta

  • Plant size

    80cm height

    80cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

Actinidia kolomikta and wildlife

Actinidia kolomikta has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Actinidia kolomikta poisonous?

Actinidia kolomikta has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People