Japanese Persimmon Planting: Tips For Growing Kaki Japanese Persimmons
Kaki Japanese persimmons are small trees with round leaves. They grow from 2 to 3 meters tall and have a diameter of 1 meter.
Their bark is smooth, but they do not show any signs of rot or insect attack. There are many varieties of kaki persimmons, which vary greatly in color and shape. Some varieties are green, some purple, and others red. These types of kaki persimmons are called fuyu persimmons.
The name “kaki” means “sweet” in Japanese. They taste sweet when eaten raw or cooked.
Kaki persimmons are popular among children because their small size makes them easy to pick up and carry around easily. They make a great gift for anyone who loves sweets!
How To Grow Kaki Japanese Persimmons?
You may want to plant kaki persimmons in your garden if you like. You can buy them at a nursery store, or you can grow them yourself. If you live in an area where it snows frequently, then growing kaki persimmons would be difficult since they need lots of sunlight to thrive. However, if you live in an area where there is enough sunshine year round, then growing these little trees will be very rewarding!
Here are some tips to help you start growing kaki persimmons in your garden:
First, make sure you plant them in a sunny location. Kaki trees need at least six hours of sunlight in order to thrive.
If you live in an area that gets harsh sunlight, then you will need to plant them behind a fence or some sort of covering to protect the trees from getting sunburned. Once you have found a spot that gets direct sunlight for at least six hours every day, plant your kaki trees.
Second, make sure the area has well-draining soil. Water your plants often as this helps prevent root rot.
Third, mulch around your kaki trees. Mulch will keep the soil temperature even for your trees to thrive in.
Fourth, keep the weeds away from your kaki trees as much as you can. Weeds steal nutrients from the soil, which may prevent your trees from growing.
Pull out all the weeds that you see around your trees.
When growing kaki persimmons, make sure you do not over-water them. Water only when the soil is dry to a depth of one foot.
Do not water until the soil is completely dry because this causes the roots to rot. Wait until the top 6 inches of soil is dry before watering again.
Also, you can use a soil thermometer to see if the soil is dry. Stick it in the ground about 4 inches deep.
If it reads between 60 and 80 degrees, then the soil is ready to be watered.
How To Care For Kaki Japanese Persimmons?
Kaki trees need little attention once they are planted. You may want to do some light pruning in the early years to open up the center of the tree so that sunlight can reach the middle. Other than that, you should have no trouble at all growing these trees!
Once the kaki trees start to bear fruit, you will need to keep an eye out for pests such as gray striped pear slugs and birds who love to eat the fruit off the trees. You can also harvest the fruit yourself and eat them fresh.
Kaki trees are very easy to grow in your own backyard and make a great addition to any garden!
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The early growth and photosynthetic rate of Japanese persimmons (Diospyros kaki L.) grafted onto different interstocks by Y Koshita, K Morinaga, Y Tsuchida – Scientia horticulturae, 2006 – Elsevier
Cultivation of persimmon (Diospyros kaki L.) under tropical conditions by AD Mowat, RJ Collins, AP George – … on Growing Temperate Zone Fruits …, 1993 – actahort.org