LOWDER FARM  & NURSERY
15251 NW Hwy 129. Trenton, FL 32693

Tips For Growing Persimmon Trees

Persimmons grow best in parts of USDA Zones 7, as well as 8 and 9.
  USDA Growing Zones
PLANTING: Select a spot in full sun without competition of other tree roots with good drainage. Keep the tree roots moist prior to planting. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the tree roots easily. Persimmon Trees like an acidic soil around 6 to 6.5. You may want to add amendments like peat mixed well in the soil at planting time. Do NOT add fertilizer at the time of planting-it can burn the tender tree roots. Plant the tree about the same depth it grew in the nursery. Press the soil in around the roots and water well to remove air pockets and settle the soil around the roots.
FERTILIZING: Fertilize when the tree is starting to show green or when you normally do your spring fertilizing. We fertilize February 15 the first time. A handful a month the first year is sufficient for a young tree and will keep more even growth than 2 or 3 times a year. Of course, do not fertilize after August (unless you use a 2-10-10). Fertilizing late can cause new tender growth that can be damaged by frost.
A good fertilizer is 4-8-12 or 8-12-16 if you can obtain it. Many people only have access to pre-bagged fertilizer that does not have secondary plant foods as magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, etc. This fertilizer can be improved by adding a handful of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) to each 5 lb. used.
WATER as needed. Make sure you have adequate drainage so the roots are not standing in water.
INSECTS DISEASES: Compared to other fruit trees, oriental persimmons are much easier to grow; however, they will need sprayed at times for insects and fungus problems. Also, one of the horticulture oil sprays is good in winter to control insects and diseases.
WHEN USING any fertilizers or sprays on trees, never use any more than called for in the instructions. It is better to err on the side of too little as more can always be added. Too much can cause problems with the trees.
Spray once or twice when trees are dormant with horticulture oil and insecticide. This will smother many over wintering insects and fungus. Spray in March/April with an insecticide for borers, etc. Spray in August and September with a fungicide. Leaves need to stay on the trees until fruit is ripe.
Spray with a chelated mineral spray a couple times on fully mature leaves. Persimmons are extremely sensitive to soil ph and many times will not use minerals even when they are available.
Keep a check on the trees the rest of the time for insect damage and fungus and spray if needed.
VISIT YOUR TREES frequently to check and see how they are doing and give them lots of TLC. These are only a few guidelines without getting too technical. If we can answer any questions, we will be happy to do so.

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