Actinidia kolomikta Growing Guide

How to Grow Kolomikta in your Garden

Actinidia kolomikta is more commonly known as Variegated kiwi vine or as the kolomikta.

As a member of the Chinese gooseberry family, it is native to the temperate mixed forests of the Eastern Asiatic Region (Far Eastern Russia, Korea, Japan, and China.)

It is a woody, fast-growing vine that is well suited for use on trellises, arbors, patio overheads, fences, screens, or walls.

Actinidia kolomikta at Barrington Court photograph by je_wyer.

Popularly cultivated as an ornamental plant for its beautiful pink and white leaves, the Variegated kiwi vine also produces tiny berries resembling kiwifruit.

Some people grow Actinidia kolomikta for its fruit, which requires multiple male and female plants.

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Kolomikta, the Variegated kiwi vine

You can begin growing ariegated kiwi vine by using softwood cuttings, layering, or grafting.

The kolomikta is also a plant that readily propagated from seed.

Actinidia kolomikta plants grow comfortably in a variety of soil types, including chalk, sand, clay, and loam, as long as it is well-drained.

This plant is known as a hardy kiwi because it grows better in colder climates than its related plants.

It prefers full sun to reach the boldest color in its foliage. However, some partial shade will not harm it to a great degree.

When properly managed, it will flower in early summer.

Relatively maintenance-free, the kiwi vine does not have any issues with pests or diseases.

Because of its climbing nature, the kolomikta needs to have flowers pruned back to control and direct growth.

Flowers / growth from last year need pruning following the next season's flowering.

Flowers from this year's growth can be pruned towards winter's end.

This flowering plant grows at an average pace and is generally easy to keep tidy.

Actinidia kolomikta Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Actinidia kolomikta
  • Common Name: Kolomikta
  • Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Vine

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 156 to 264
  • Plant Spread (Inches):
  • Time of Bloom: Early summer
  • Flower Details: Pink, White
  • Leaf Foliage: Green, Variegated
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Irregular or sprawling, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Loamy, Neutral, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seed, softwoodcuttings, layering or grafting
  • How to Prune: As a vigorous climber it is important to prune back flowers that occur on last years growth following flowering, while flowers on this years growth should be pruned towards the end of winter. Other than this no need to perform pruning except to keep plants tidy and confined.
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use: Arbor
  • Family: Actinidiaceae
  • Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Actinidia
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Actinidia kolomikta. You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to grow Passion Fruit and Olives.

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