Saturday, June 4, 2011

Persimmon Dreams

My potted Japanese persimmon tree is doing well. I made sure to amend the growing mix with plenty of compost and organic fertilizer when I planted it last month. So far, I've had mix success growing fruit trees in pots. The only reason why I didn't plant my persimmon tree in the ground is because I'd like to take it with me when we eventually buy our next home (who knows when that will be since we've only been here for 2 years). Plus, Asian persimmon trees are only marginally hardy in our Zone 6 climate. If the winter weather ever gets particularly brutal, I can also stick it in the garage for a few days.

I bought my Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro persimmon tree from Stark Bros. The online catalog said that it should begin to bear fruit in 2 - 3 years. The other day, I noticed flower buds were beginning to form on the new branches. I doubt anything will come from them but one can always hope!


  1. Oh please don't temp me with another container grown fruit, I would love to have a persimmon tree, but I'm running out of space in our sunroom for overwintering plants :-<

  2. I love persimmons! I must look into getting a tree. :-)

  3. They say here in Japan:
    "Momo, Kuri, san nen, Kaki hachi-nen."
    In English, that would be:
    "Peaches and Chestnuts three years, Persimmons in eight."

  4. oh my, you made me laugh with your sticking it in the garbage line! I understand you mean garage, but I appreciate the funny this morning. :-)

  5. You might be surprised by what those buds do! Our Ichi tree is in the ground. It had 2 persimmons last year (in its second year), and this year it has 10 blooms.

  6. Thanks for your comments everyone!

    Michelle - I wonder if that was a subconscious slip on my part!

  7. Thomas, I love your persimmon tree. I have a couple in the ground, still awaiting some fruit. On the bright side, the tree's foliage is gorgeous.

  8. I think trees come as either male or female. You need both for fruit and only the female trees beat fruit. At least that is true with my smaller fruiting American Persimmons.