This is the most northern of the seed strains using a mix of seedling persimmons at our farm selecting the most productive trees that ripen early in the season which is September and October most years. The trees have taken a low of -27F in 2019 and likely can grow into zone 4 without winter damage. Persimmon trees are easy to propagate from seeds and can be direct planted in a garden in the fall or stored using a moist media in the fridge which will give them the dormancy to germinate in the spring.
ECOS- We select from our most productive trees that ripen early in September and October. These are the earliest ripening forms which are earlier by about a month compared to the grafted trees on the market today. We believe this next generation seed will allow you to grow the persimmon and find even more early ripening and self fruitful trees that can be grafted just like apples.
Here is how to germinate: Plant outside in the fall 1 inch deep in sandy soil. Full sun is fine. Fairly competitive against grass and can be sown like beans in drills 6 inches apart. Plunk a couple of seeds per hole. Very easy. Seeds sprout late roughly in late May here and they rarely get frost damage. Seedlings are frost resistant as well.
For the refrigerator method: Store in the fridge 33-38 F in lightly moist Canadian Peat Moss for 90-120 days, then put at room temperature. Seeds will then start sprouting from 7-30 days. Do not let the seeds dry out in this process. Rarely will they rot in the plastic bag but at the same time do not flood the media with water. Germination is slow but sure with this species and you can direct plant the sprouted ones outside if you want. Rarely will rodents bother them.
100 seeds weighs roughly 1.7 ounces. The 4 ounce packet has roughly 230 seeds per packet.
|Genus & Species||Diospyros virginiana|
|Seed Source||Michigan-Seedlings from Killen, John Rick, Beaver, Morris Burton, Early Golden, Pipher|
|Pollination Requirements||Male and female on separate trees-50-50 mix of male and female trees grown from seed.|
|Soil||Amazingly diverse soils and this plant is quite vigorous in them all. Sand, loam, clay, alkaline or acidic.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Easy to direct seed this plant as few if any animals consume the seed. Also tolerant of dense 'competition.'|