Kiwis have separate male and female plants so it's essential that you plant male vines (that don't produce fruit) along with female vines (that do produce fruit). It's ok to plant one male for every 6-10 female vines. A few varieties like 'Issai' are self-fertile and do not require a separate pollinator. Pollinators should be of the same species as different kiwi species will not pollinate each other.
The three main species of kiwi are:
- Actinidia deliciosa (the standard fuzzy kiwi)
- Actinidia arguta (the skinless, grapelike hardy kiwi)
- Actindia kolomikta (Arctic Beauty Kiwi)