How do you grow a persimmon tree?


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Growing a persimmon tree is relatively easy as long as the variety chosen is well suited to the climate. Pick a sunny planting area with plenty of space. Prune and fertilize it annually.

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How do you grow a persimmon tree?
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  1. Buy a persimmon plant

    Choose a variety that grows best in the region. Asian persimmon trees such as fuyu grow well in places with winter minimum temperatures above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. American persimmon trees are hardier and can grow in regions with minimum winter temperatures of -20 F or warmer.

  2. Choose a planting area

    Pick a sunny spot that is large enough to accommodate the tree's mature size, which can reach heights of 30 to 60 feet. Fuyu persimmon trees need at least six hours of direct sun while American persimmon trees can tolerate some shade.

  3. Plant the persimmon tree

    Dig a hole that is almost as deep as the persimmon tree's root ball and about twice as wide. Place the tree in the hole so that the crown of the root ball rests just above ground level. Add a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch after planting it to keep the soil moist and cool.

  4. Prune and fertilize it

    Prune persimmon trees annually to remove any branches that cross and any suckers growing at the base of the tree. Avoid over-fertilizing, which leads to fruit drop. Instead, apply five to 10 pounds of compost to the tree in late winter.

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