Monday, November 24, 2014

Crash Gardening Season 2: The Japanese Persimmon

Enjoy this short segment of me getting bit by mosquitoes while talking about Japanese persimmons:

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At November 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM , Blogger Thomas said...

I like the native persimmons a lot, do you know of any seeds for sale?

At November 26, 2014 at 11:57 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

They have a short shelf life, unfortunately. They also require stratification, i.e. refrigeration or multiple exposures to freezing weather in order to induce germination. I have some seeds that will shortly be entering my fridge. If you want a few, drop me an e-mail.

At December 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Stephen Clay McGehee said...

I can't thank you enough for this post! Over the past few weeks, I've been doing some major fruit tree planting here on my one acre in Volusia County. After seeing this post, I decided that I'd forget about some long-lost memory of eating some really nasty persimmons and take another look at them. Went and talked with the folks at the local nursery where I've been buying other fruit trees, then took a trip to Publix and bought a Fuyu persimmon to try. Your description was perfect - as close to mango as we can get in this part of the state. This afternoon, I bought all three Fuyu trees they had, and have a spot picked out for a fourth when I can find another one. These will join the 2 pear, 4 apple, 5 peach, and 1 avocado that I've planted recently (there were already 9 fig trees planted previously). Again, thank you!

At December 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

You're very welcome. It's an excellent tree. Easy to grow, not too big, plus it's quite productive. You'll love having them on your homestead.

If you don't have mulberries yet, I also recommend growing a few of those.

At December 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

You might also want to plant an astringent persimmon variety. The large Japanese "Hachiya" types taste incredible when fully ripe and are excellent for drying, processing and making pies. Wait until they're ripe and jelly-soft, then put them in the fridge. Chilled, they're like eating persimmon pudding.

At December 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Stephen Clay McGehee said...

I'll probably just stick with the Fuyu since (as I understand it anyway) if there is another variety nearby to pollinate the tree, then the fruit will have seeds - not a big deal, but enough for me to just stick with the one variety. On the other hand, I might try planting them on some other family property.

I know very little about mulberries, so I'll have to check that out also. I'm running out of room to plant things though, and still want to get some pomegranates planted. Decisions, decisions...

At December 6, 2014 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Anna Schafer said...

It's been another busy stint again with working on arranging the DT Comp, training and more cleaning at Wave. Steve and I were both busy there last weekend cleaning new routes and also cleaning heather, gardening tips


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