It’s time to think about planting some trees. Cathy Isom lets you know about growing your own Persimmons. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
When it comes to growing your very own Persimmons, here are some varieties to consider: Japanese Persimmons and American Persimmons.
Persimmons do well in southern climates, but there are varieties out there that are bred to handle cold conditions. Plant persimmons in the early spring or late winter.
You can buy persimmons grown from seed or grafts. Grafted trees bear fruit quicker, so when you’re out shopping for a persimmon, that’s something to consider. On the other hand, seed-grown varieties tend to be hardier in the cold.
It’s also possible to start growing persimmons from seed. Begin the process about 5 months before the last frost in your area. Store seeds in moist sand in the refrigerator for 3 months, frequently checking to make sure they’re staying wet. Then, plant seeds 1-inch deep in a peat pot prepped with planting soil. Place near a window or under grow lights and keep between 55-70°F.
Once plants are 4-5 inches tall and have several true leaves, harden them off for 2 weeks before planting in a permanent location.
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