How To Grow a Persimmon Tree From a Seed

Overview

Persimmons are deciduous trees that have juicy orange-colored fruits. The fruits can be eaten fresh or dried. The root structure of the persimmon can prohibit transplanting of larger seedlings greater than 24 inches in height. The root structure develops a long taproot that can be difficult to transplant at its full length. Consult your agricultural extension service for varieties that will do well in your area.

Step 1

Remove the flesh from the fruit to expose the seeds, if you are using foraged fruit. A persimmon may have up to eight seeds per fruit.

Step 2

Place the seeds in a sealed plastic bag. Set the bag in the refrigerator for up to three months to stratify the seeds. Stratification, holding the seeds below 50 degrees F, is generally needed so the seeds will germinate.

Step 3

Fill the 6-inch diameter pots with a rich, loamy potting soil. Place three seeds in each pot at a depth of about 2 inches. Evenly space the seeds.

Step 4

Water the potting soil. Keep the soil moist. Depending on the variety, the persimmon seeds will begin to germinate in 30 to 60 days.

Step 5

Allow the seedlings to grow in the pot throughout the year. Transplant in the late fall when the seedlings have shed their leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Persimmon seeds or fruits
  • Plastic bag
  • Refrigerator
  • Potting soil
  • 6-inch pots

References

  • Hawaii Extension Service: Persimmon General Information
  • Purdue University: August in the Grow
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