With so many persimmon varieties available, you may wonder why cultivating a Japanese persimmon tree from seed is an attractive option. The answer is simple: it’s cost-effective, plus the tree has a unique flavor and texture that sets it apart from other varieties.
Let’s have a look at eight easy steps to follow to cultivate Japanese persimmon trees from seed:
How to Grow Japanese Persimmon From Seed
1. Seed Collection
Harvest ripe Japanese persimmons from a mature tree and scrape off the pulp. Place the seeds in warm water to remove any remaining pulp, then dry them on paper towels.
Put the dried seeds into water and soak them for 24 hours to soften their hard outer coating.
Spread the seeds out on a damp paper towel and keep it in a warm place. Depending on the temperature, you should start to see germination within 6 to 8 weeks.
Choose a potting mix made up of equal parts peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite. Sow two or three seeds 2″ deep in each pot and cover them lightly with the mix.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy. It’s best to water from below with a tray of water, as this prevents any fertilizer from settling on the leaves.
Once the plants are a year old, start fertilizing them every other week with a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer at half strength.
Prune the persimmon tree when it’s still young (3 feet tall), to encourage healthy branching and strong structure. Look for dead, weak, or crossing limbs and cut them off—thin out new shoots where necessary.
Once your Japanese persimmon tree is mature, you can start harvesting its fruits in Sep or Nov. The fruit should be orange-red in color and slightly soft to the touch. Enjoy your delicious crop!
Following these eight simple steps will ensure that you have a healthy, productive Japanese persimmon tree.
We hope this guide on how to grow Japanese persimmon from seed has been informative and helpful! Growing persimmon trees is a fruitful experience that can provide you with a lifetime of delicious fruit. With just a little bit of effort, you can enjoy sweet and juicy Japanese persimmons every season.
So, start planning your garden today – it’s never too late to begin cultivating your Japanese persimmon trees!