By no means, am I expert with growing these trees, but I can report on my experience with my 2 itchy trees as I call them. Maybe I should call them touchy trees.
Susan has asked me to put into words what and when I do, with my Persimmon trees, so here goes.
This variety is a non-astringent, self-fertile, small size tree about 2 ½ metres high.
My trees are quite a few years old now, approximately 15 years. First I had one plant in a pot for a while, then was advised by the nurseryman that another one, would ensure better fruit production. They have been in the ground for most of their life. We have a sandy loam soil, which does not hold water well, but is well drained with a pH of about 5.5 to 6.5.
This Persimmon likes regular watering in the growing season. Too much or too little can also give you fruit drop. The fruit forms like a little ball in a large calyx with a short stem attached to new growth. When picking fruit, do not pull the fruit, instead pick with secateurs and leave a small part of stem attached. They can bruise at this stage, though you may not see it at the time. I have never eaten the fruit when just turned orange straight from the tree. My choice is when they are soft and mushy and cold.
Care must be taken when pruning this tree and I only ever remove the dead sticks and branches or any branches blocking paths etc.
This tree has the most beautiful autumn leaves and they turn from green to orange browns before they drop and then the tree leaves a beautiful shape for winter. This variety does not have an invasive root system and can be grown close to a house without problems.
When spring comes along it has a flush of beautiful fresh green leaves which stand out in the garden. At this time the tree should extend the growth on the end of the branches, if this does not occur then it can be fed a fertilizer in the early spring, but before any sign of budding. Once the buds appear, do not fertilizer, as this may produce bud drop. One day you have hundreds of fruiting buds then you have one or two left. Sugar cane mulch is mainly what I use, but keep it away from the trunk.
The trees are one behind the other so hard to photograph.
The branches can be quite heavy when in fruit so good strong branches should be left intact for the framework of the tree. It has been trial and error for me and most years, I have witnessed most of the fruit dropping to the ground, but the tree always left a few fruit hiding under the lower branches.
Bugs have not been a problem for me. This time, we are going to try and cover the trees with net, as I am sure the fruit bats and possums, won’t be able to resist the fruit.
This variety is seedless and I pick them when they are bright orange and leave to ripen in the house further and then refrigerate or freeze them whole, then eat them with a spoon, delicious!!!!! They are one of the largest persimmon fruits and are sort of a square flat shape.
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