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PERSIMMON TREATS Asian Persimmon pronounced Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro)

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.

  It is hard to see the fruit in this photo but they are on small stems. 

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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Comment by Susan on January 27, 2018 at 20:10

Thanks for the update Christa.  These look beautiful.  Still waiting to see if my tree survives the new spot - leaves green but no new growth.  

Comment by Christa on January 26, 2018 at 18:42

Update on Persimmon Jan 18, these seem to hold fruit much later than the other types and I have been having a beautiful sweet one with some delicious red pawpaw each night for sweets.  The tree is still half full some in bags and other just showing themselves.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 11, 2016 at 23:11

If you go here and then hit 'next' there's another couple of pix not covered by the link I posted previously.

The fruit ripened green and I picked them when full size (a couple of inches in diameter). They got very soft but stayed green and at that stage we ate them.

Oh and fruit fly were never a problem. Tough skin might be a deterrent. I grew the plant for several years then made the mistake of using some non-BD tree paste which made the tree grow fantastically but with little to no fruit. At that point I hadn't found the real BD tree paste and decided to grow something else on the trellis. Dragon Fruit as it happened after strengthening the trellis.

Comment by Susan on November 11, 2016 at 21:45

Thanks Elaine, Def interesting to me.  You don't happen to have any photo's of your ripe fruit?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on November 11, 2016 at 20:33

It may or may not be relevant or even interesting ... I have grown Persimmons for some years. As an espalier. I never did know the variety. It was seedless, self-fertile and a smallish flat non-astringent. Link to some pix and link to an album.

Comment by Susan on November 11, 2016 at 18:50

Thanks so much Christa :)  They do look beautiful!  I put one near the house (the ichi jiro like yours) so good to know that no problems with respect to that.  Are fruit fly a problem?  I can't wait for them to grow.  Would love updates throughout the season. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on November 11, 2016 at 14:16

Great read  and info, Christa, you have gone to a lot of trouble here.

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