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I've just bought an Aktinidia kolomikta plant, and the label says it gets its pink leaves when it's 'mature'. Could anyone please tell me how long that's likely to be?


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Hi Spritz Amy and Andrew R grow this and Amy has a great photo of the green pink and silver leaves (May 2011) and she said it changed colour after the first year? I remember this because its on my wish list.

31 Aug, 2012


From what I recall, the leaves carried the pink and white from the word 'go'. The only year it didn't was when we had a late frost and all the young, emerging leaves were killed and the subsequent ones stayed green all season.
One to thing to note with actinidias - cats love rubbing against them and can kill a young plant. A guard of rigid plastic round the bottom foot or so will give it protection.

31 Aug, 2012


Thanks for that, both of you - at least I won't be in my dotage before I get to see those pretty leaves! :-)

We haven't got a cat, but the farm cat sometimes pays a visit, so I will protect it, Andrew. Thank you.

1 Sep, 2012

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