We are so excited about this astounding, relatively unknown and supremely delicious native fruit. We are experimenting with growing in an Earth friendly way and will report on our trials and successes throughout the year so that we can move forward in the growing world without peat and synthetic fertilizers. American Persimmons are native, resilient, delicious and an important member of the food web. As Charles Deam said, they "are a veritable granary for wildlife." We need to get the word out and these trees in the ground, everywhere in range.
First year bareroots are often small, but they have hardy roots. Don't be fooled by big plants that have had their roots challenged in pots. Plant these young trees well, tamp the soil around them, cage or tube them and monitor for frost heaving during the winter. If you find that happening, mulch lightly around the base, but be mindful this often attracts rodents. Once the trees start growing again, water them if the rain faucet turns off and then let them work their growing magic.
Remember that American Persimmons are in the Ebenaceae family and therefore their roots and part of their stems are BLACK. This is a very healthy color for them.
Where to Plant? American Persimmons are hardy to at least Zone 5 and do well in a wide range of conditions. For best fruiting, A. Persimmons prefer sunshine. Think edges of fence rows or the middle of your yard. They can handle a fair bit of dryness and a fair bit of wetness after they are established. Make sure you give them regular drinks their first year in the ground.
How Many Should You Plant? A. Persimmons are mostly dioecious, which means males and females are on separate trees. Planting at least 4 gives you good odds of getting at least 1 female. We recommend planting no less than 4. There are many different thoughts on spacing so do what works for you. 20' is often recommended.
Persimmon Pilgrimage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhV-B0ErgvA&t=18s
American Persimmon Abundance and Sanity in Native Foods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3xgJg7u5jc
American Persimmon Hopes and Dreams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyZ9326xens&t=1s
Bareroot American Persimmons Getting Ready for Dormancy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFd92ekXmQ4
How to Plant Bareroot Persimmons:
Persimmon Seed Stratification 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCs7IxxlUDA&t=2s