Growing a persimmon tree from seeds

Growing a persimmon tree from seeds

The persimmon tree belongs to the ebony family. The common representative of the genus is Diospyros kaki, which is known for its large, tasty fruits. This species is not sufficiently frost-resistant for outdoor cultivation in most areas of Germany. The summers in this country are too short and too cold to harvest ripe fruits in your own garden. Exceptions are the wine-growing areas, where persimmon trees can thrive as outdoor plants. Elsewhere, it is possible to keep pots with frost-free winter storage.

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Winter hardy breeds

The ready-made plants are grafted trees in which a large number of frost-resistant varieties have been bred through the use of suitable bases. The persimmon trees are

  • easy to care for,
  • robust and
  • not susceptible to diseases and pests.

The winter hardiness of Diospyros virginiana corresponds more to the climatic conditions in our latitudes. The plants grafted on Diospyros Lotus as a base are particularly robust and hardy.

Sowing and germination

The fruits bought do not contain seeds as these have been grown away over time. The seeds are available in seed shops and in various online shops. Possibly. seeds should be stratified for about 8-10 weeks before sowing. To do this, wrap them in damp kitchen paper and keep them in a sealed box in the refrigerator. Then the seeds come into the potting soil and are only lightly covered with substrate. Keep them evenly moist at room temperature, possibly under a cover made of cling film.

The germination time is about 2-4 weeks. The seedlings are also kept warm and light. The substrate should still be moist, but not too wet. A spray bottle is particularly suitable for watering the seeds. The seedlings are later separated and repotted after the roots have penetrated.

Tips & Tricks

In the case of persimmon trees grown from seeds, it can take 4-6 years for the first bloom and harvest.