Did you know you can grow kiwis right in your own back yard? The fruit of 'Jumbo' hardy kiwi vine is a
cousin of the familiar grocery store kiwis. The berries have the same sweet-and-citrus taste, maybe a little
sweeter. But they're smaller and smooth-skinned so there's no peeling. This variety lives up to its name...'Jumbo.' The berries weigh up to an ounce each, making each one a two-bite snack.
more good news. 'Jumbo'
is hardy to -25, so you can be confident Chicago winters
won't faze it. And it's happy in full sun or
part shade, though you'll get a better crop in full sun. You will need a male variety nearby for pollination. And plan for frequent pruning and strong
support...the vigorous vines are large and heavy, especially at harvest time. A note of warning to cat owners: this vine smells like
catnip to cats, and they may harm foliage or dig at the roots.