Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
Traditional persimmon varieties like ‘Dai Dai Maru’, ‘Hachiyu’ and ‘20th Century’ are astringent types, which means they can only be eaten when they’re ripe and very soft – we don’t recommend trying when they’re not ready! Newer non-astringent varieties like ’Fuyu’, ‘Izu’ and ‘Ichikikei Jiro’ and can be eaten while the fruit is still firm.
Astringent varities are mostly self-fertile, so you will only need one tree for fruit set. With non-astringent varieties, having two trees will improve fruit set.
Persimmon trees have a reputation for making very slow growth in the early stages, but a regular feeding throughout the year will encourage the better plant and root growth.
In heavy clay soils, it’s best to put extra effort into soil preparation. To check if your soil needs work, dig a hole and pour a bucket of water into the hole – if it takes more than 30 minutes to disappear, then you will need to work your soil. Consider raising the level of the bed as much as possible, dig in gypsum and plenty of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.Persimmon plants often become available for sale with the other deciduous fruit trees in late autumn or early winter. You can also start looking for them in early autumn, so you have a better idea of the fiery autumn colours the tree will display.
Persimmons don’t need much pruning. Once the framework is established, it can usually be left alone.
Persimmons may take several years to bear fruit, but be patient - they'll be with you for a long time!
Avoid pulling the fruit from the tree, you may risk removing the calyx and spoiling the fruit. Instead, snip the fruit gently from the tree with a pair of pruning shears.