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Growing Persimmon

Growing Persimmons

Nikitas Gift Hybrid Persimmon

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 Fruiting trees available in Asian and American types and hybrids of the two. American types are hardy in zones 5 to 9, while Asian types and hybrids are tender and hardy to zone 6. Fruit ripens in fall when it softens, and quality is improved by frost. Fruit is very sweet when ripe, but astringent before ripening. It is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium. Asian and hybrid types will produce seedless fruit without pollination. American types require both male and female plants for good fruiting. Store bare root trees in a cool place out of direct sun until planted. Can hydrate trees by soaking roots in water for 2 to 3 hours. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen the soil about 24 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Add compost or other organic matter to loosened soil. Trim out damaged or broken roots, and spread remaining roots evenly without bending. Plant so that roots are slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.

Maintenance

For full sun to part shade and prefers well-drained soil. Benefits from annual pruning to keep trees productive. Fruits on growth produced from year-old wood. Remove any suckers arising from the ground. Mulching may reduce suckering. Can ripen fruit early by storing it in a container with ethylene-producing fruit like Apple, Pear, or Banana.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other less commonly grown fruit trees include Mountain Ash, Pawpaw, and Quince. 

Complimentary Products

Trees are moderate feeders and benefit from annual fertilization. Use 7 X 100 Foot Deer-X Fencing (52107) or new Deer Fence Kit (52113) to prevent deer damage.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting if birds damage fruit.

Persimmon Facts

Usually not affected by pests or diseases, though borers, mealybug, scale, and phylloxera sometimes attack plants. Persimmon fruit is good for drying. The genus name for Persimmons, Diospyros, is Greek for "divine food" or "food of the gods" and refers to the delicious flavor of the ripe fruit.

 

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