Anna Kiwi is one of the most popular berry Kiwis found in the markets today. The fruits are about ¾ inch diameter and light green. The flavors are similar to a pineapple, sweet and slightly tart. The vines will begin to bear favorable yields in the third season, producing some 4 pounds at the start and up to 20 pounds of fruits when they reach their peak. To insure cross-pollination, the gardener must plant the aggressive male Meader, which also blooms but does not fruit.
Geneva Kiwi is a smaller fruit compensated by a concentrated sweetness and really prolific production. It fruits in the third season and at maturity will produce many hundreds of fruits—up to 20 pounds of fruit per vine. Meader kiwi is needed for cross-pollination.
Meader Kiwi is a male that is planted to pollinate Anna and Geneva. The male will not produce fruit—only pollen. One male—like a king with a harem—will pollinate up to six Anna and Geneva.
The Issai Kiwi originated in Japan and is translated into English as “One Year.” The plants grow vigorously and will reach 4 to 6 feet in the first year. The second season, the strong vines will flower and yield a fair amount of fruit. Issai is the only Kiwi vine that will yield fruit in the first year after planting, hence the meaning of the name. In the third season, the plants will yield a very nice crop of sweet and slightly tangy fruits—up to 10 pounds. The smooth skin of the fruit is light green with a green to yellow flesh; tasting will test their ripeness.