To get fruit from Hardy Kiwi you need both male and female plants. A 1 male to up to 6 female ratio will work for backyard plantings. Ripening in late summer, kids love eating fresh Hardy Kiwis straight from the vine. They will often take 2-3 years to bear fruit but once they do you will get massive amounts! Mature Hardy Kiwi plants regularly yield 50 and sometimes up to 100 pounds of fruit and when picked before fully ripened can be stored for nearly 2 months. Picked fully ripe Hardy Kiwis are a great snack fresh, skin and all.
Hardy Kiwis are also high in Vitamin C, over 5 times higher than oranges. Because of their rapid growth they do require biannual pruning and usually a sturdy trellis/support system. Given the opportunity Hardy Kiwi will climb up a tree or side of a house. Left unmanaged it will most likely kill your tree and damage your house. A simple staking system with a 4X4 post, heavy spring and fall pruning will do the trick. People that complain about an out of control hardy kiwi often planted them in the wrong spot or have failed to prune them twice a year.
Like most homegrown fruit picking Hardy Kiwis make a great adventure for the whole family.