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Northern American Persimmon Seeds-Ecos

500 Seeds, NAPS-E-S-500 $120.00
1000 Seeds, NAPS-E-S-1000 $220.00

Tags: American, persimmon

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. 

My strain was developed using grafted trees from the following varieties: Early Golden, John Rick, Yates, Killen, Beaver, Pipher, Morris Burton and others. The seedlings were planted out over the course of a decade spaced only 5-10 ft. apart in a row that extended about 2000 feet. The plants were limbed as they grew and never sprayed.  Each of the plantings I did was a surprise in that there were no bad trees in terms of fruit quality, however there were apparent differences and those differences relate to things like texture, taste, astringency and number of seeds.  For this reason I am using the best fruitful selections at my farm to make the seeds available again but this time more focused on ripening and astringency.

Because of the cloudy and cool location I have it is far more northern and far more short season than all so called short season varieties. As a result some seedlings never ripen but this is extremely rare. But it has happened. In those cases it also coincided with the concord grapes not making brix and were unacceptable to Welch's for grape juice processing. 


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. 

1000 Seeds Per Order. Seeds are washed several times using our seed processing equipment and dried down just enough to prevent mold and stabilize the seed for storage. 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Diospyros virginiana
Seed Source Michigan-Seedlings were grown from Killen, John Rick, Beaver, Morris Burton, Early Golden, Pipher over 30 years ago. All open pollinated from these hardy wild selections from the northern range.
Hardiness -25F or more.
Height (ft) 60
Width (ft) 30-60
Pollination Requirements Male and female on separate trees-50-50 mix of male and female trees grown from seed. It is not true there is 70 percent males in a population.
Soil Amazingly diverse soils and this plant is quite vigorous in them all. Sand, loam, clay, alkaline or acidic.
Climate Zone 5ish-9
Ease of Cultivation Keep in mind in zone 5 almost all the plants will produce edible and delicious fruit, however you may find some that you like better than others. There may be certain environmental conditions where ripening is problematic and other times it is non existent. This is normal for the American persimmon even in the south.