Multicolored kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta)

plant used to decorate gardens and entrances

La actinidia kolomikta It is a plant that is known for its ornamental value, it is a climber and very beautiful thanks to the wonderful color of its foliage, being typical of the actinide genus and of the family Actinidiaceae.

The plant is native to temperate and mixed forests located in China, Korea, Japan, Russia, and the Far East. The plant, when it is still very young, has a very beautiful green color, as it matures and if it receives sunlight, it changes to pink or white towards the tips.

Features actinidia kolomikta

leaves with two different colors, between pink and green

One of the most striking characteristics of this beautiful plant is the change of tonalities that take place in her throughout her life, where you can very well admire a bright green, a chestnut tone that can turn white, from there pink and even an intense and spectacular crimson red.

But it's not all, because depending on the season some violet or yellow hues can be observed, as it happens in the fall. A feast of colors that will make anyone fall in love. The flowers have a delicate aroma that invades the environment around them, when they appear in the month of June. The inflorescences are lateral and most of the time they are several.

The flower consists of bracts, pedicels, reverse anthers and supero ovary. The color is white with yellow hues, it also has 5 petals and measures 1,5 cm, these emerge at the beginning of each summer.

It is fast growing since in the first year it can reach one meter in height. The branches are quite thin (lianas type) and they have alternate, deciduous, simple heart-shaped leaves that are arranged in a spiral shape, the edge is toothed, petiole elongated and they do not have stipules.

La actinidia kolomikta gives rise to a delicious and sweet fruit very rich in vitamins, which is like a large oval grape, is 2,5 cm long and is yellow in color, it is known by several names: mini kiwi, berry kiwi and baby kiwi.

This variety of kiwi in particular creates a sensation among peopleThanks to its size and smooth skin it can be eaten in a single bite, it also has a sweet and very palatable flavor, it is cheaper than large kiwi fruit and it is useful to decorate dishes and desserts.

Care

To make it look beautiful in your garden, no you need to invest a lot of timeWhat is important is that you take into account what needs to be done from the beginning to promote its proper development and maintenance.

  • Select a good support to which it can adhere without problems, preventing it from falling when it grows.
  • Place it in a space where it has sunlight for most of the dayYou can also place it in the semi shade.
  • It requires soils with good drainage.
  • You have to guide the stems using anchors in the walls or where you are going to plant it.
  • Misplaced stems must be removed.

To do the pruning it is necessary to remove the shoots annuallyThis will also prevent more space from being taken than you have destined for it. This applies in the winter months. Only what is necessary should be paid since the excess makes it lose its usual color.

To propagate the plant you can use the cuttings or seed technique. Before planting the seeds it is necessary that they are mature, you must do it in a cold climate greenhouse and in the spring the seedlings will be ready to take them where you want to plant them.

Uses

actinidia kolomikta that grows naturally in a forest

It is very common to see how the actinidia kolomikta to beautify terraces, walls, walls or placed on a good support where it reaches to develop very well, such as a fence or support of bricks, stones, etc., therefore the use par excellence is ornamental.

In fact, the more suitable the support, the more splendid it will look, since it will have all the breadth it needs to develop its nuances, colors and other peculiarities that captivate the viewer.

To promote its development and make it show off its splendid beauty, it is need lots of sunlightIt is important to protect it from very strong winds, as it is made up of vigorous but very delicate lianas that can be affected.


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