Persimmons are one of the most popular fruits in Japan. They are very sweet and juicy with a strong flavor. There are many varieties of persimmons such as Japanese persimmon, Chinese persimmon, Persian persimmon, Thai persimmon and so on. You may have seen them at your local supermarket or even at the Asian market. However, there is another type of fruit called “Fukuro” which means “Japanese plum”. These types of persimmons are much sweeter than regular persimmons. For example, if you cut off the top part of a normal persimmon, it will taste like sugar. But when you cut off the bottom part of a Japanese plum, it tastes like watermelon! That’s why they call these kinds of fruits “fuku no kuni” (watermelons without skin).
How to Grow Persimmon Tree?
The best way to grow persimmons is to buy them from a nursery. If you want to grow persimmons yourself, then you must learn how to grow them from cutting. The following information will tell you what kind of trees need special care in order for them to thrive and produce good fruit.
1. Common persimmon trees are very easy to grow and they can thrive in almost any good garden soil.
It is important that the soil not be wet or acid. A lot of people believe that persimmon trees do best in the bottom land near a swamp because they like wet soil. This is not true, however they do need moisture and lots of it when they are young.
But after they have been growing for several years, they don’t need as much water.
2. The deciduous nature of the common persimmon tree means that they lose their leaves in the winter and grow them back in the spring.
They are one of the first trees to put on leaves in the spring and one of the last to drop their leaves in the fall. This is a wonderful trait if you live in an area with extreme hot or cold.
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Effect of girdling dates on dry matter increase and reserve accumulations in permanent parts of’Nishimurawase’persimmon trees. by ST Choi, WD Song, DS Park, SM Kang – Korean Journal of …, 2009 – cabdirect.org
Effects of foliar spray of calcium chloride on calcium concentrations in leaf and fruit tissues of’Nishimurawase’and’Fuyu’persimmon trees and fruits storability. by IY Kim, TH Chang, YS Lee – Korean Journal of Horticultural Science …, 2005 – cabdirect.org