Caring for a persimmon tree requires proper planting, sufficient watering, regular fertilizing and light pruning. You will need well-drained soil, compost, water, fertilizer, a trowel or shovel, and pruning shears.
- Select a good location
Select a location for the tree that receives full sun. Use well-drained, light soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. If the soil is too heavy, mix it with compost including organic material or manure.
- Plant the tree
Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough for the root ball and tap root. Give the tree plenty of room to grow. If you are planting more than one persimmon tree, space the trees at least 20 feet apart. Fill in the hole with dirt, making sure to keep the crown of the plant just above the soil line.
- Water the tree
Give the tree 36 to 48 inches of water per year. Water the persimmon only if there is not enough rainfall.
- Fertilize the tree
Fertilize the tree only if it is growing slowly (at a rate of less than 12 inches per year). Use a balanced fertilizer and spread it around the trunk of the tree during the early spring.
- Prune the tree
Cut away crossed and dangling limbs. In order to control the size, trim new growth back to 4 inches long, and remove branches until they are evenly spaced around the trunk.