Obtention Jean RENAULT - European P.B.R.
This selection, bred from the variety 'Hayward', has kept its parent's abundant
fruiting capacity but is AUTOFERTILE. There is no need to plant a male and a female
to get fruit - one plant is enough.
This climber has large heart-shaped leaves
and long, vigorous but only slightly twining shoots that can grow several metres
in a season.
In May and June the previous years' growth bears white flowers
that turn orange in full bloom.
In November bunches of kiwi fruit form. Once
well established (from the third year) the plant gives plentiful average sized
fruits, slightly smaller than those from the variety 'Hayward'. They are sweet
and juicy and rich in vitamins. They should be picked after the first frost and
can be kept until the following March.
hardy cultivar likes a sunny position in a soil that is neither too heavy nor
too chalky and remains reasonably moist.
The branches of SOLISSIMO
® need to be attached to a trellis or a pergola
- the dense foliage makes excellent summer shade. The adult size of the plant
is determined by the pruning technique. Cut back in winter (before the end of
January in warmer regions) the previous season's fruit-bearing stems to 3 or 4
eyes. In summer, reduce any young or long new growth.