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Plant persimmon and harvest kaki

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If you want to plant a persimmon, you should check out this exotic fruit or plant and its location requirements. Here at Lubera® you will find many tips and beautiful persimmon plants for your garden.

Exotic fruits like persimmon are popular bestsellers in our supermarkets. They bring variety to our diet and they often even become our new favourite fruits. The persimmon is a grafted cultivation of the well-known kaki fruit. Particularly passionate kaki lovers are increasingly asking themselves the question "can I also plant kaki in my region?" The answer in short is this: Yes, you can. In this article you can read about how to plant a persimmon or how to plant and maintain a kaki tree. The Lubera® Garden Shop offers beautiful varieties of kakis.

Plant kaki or persimmon trees – the most popular variety

The kaki tree is an exotic plant in our region, but in China, the country of origin, it is a long-established fruit like our apple. The particular benefits of these plants are certainly the edible and juicy fruits. These ripen during the summer after a beautiful, white or yellow blossom in the spring. After pollination, the persimmon grows juicy, yellowish orange fruits, which can then be harvested in autumn. The harvest time has come when the fruits are soft and have reached their rich yellowish orange colour. Persimmons of selected varieties from the Lubera garden shop have the advantages that the skin is even softer in comparison to conventional persimmon and they are seedless. Young persimmon plants need two to three years until the first harvest is successful. However, patience is worth it: the juicy fruits without seeds taste delicious and can be used in many different ways. In the Lubera® shop you will find various American and Japanese varieties, all of which have their own individual advantages.

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Picture: Diospyrus Kaki 'Aroma' – a juicy, soft fruit wonder!

Overwintering the kaki trees

Persimmon or kaki tree: like many exotics, are not used to our climate and therefore they have to be planted in a container, especially the young plants. This is especially true for colder regions. Here is one reason for this: persimmons are only partially hardy. Planted in a container, the kaki tree can easily be overwintered. For this purpose, a frost-free but cool and bright location is suitable. Once the kaki tree has lost its foliage, it can easily be overwintered. In the Lubera® assortment you will also find a particularly robust and frost hardy variety for colder regions: kaki ‘Early Fuyu’. It can withstand temperatures down to -17°C and after a few years, it is suitable for colder regions and can be planted out into the garden. As you can see, growing a kaki tree in Central Europe is not a problem and proves to be a special treat because of its pretty flowering and rich harvest.

Location & care instructions

After the winter break, the compact-growing tree can return to the balcony or terrace. The location of the kaki tree should be in full sun and protected, so the fruits are best seen. A large container should provide enough space for the plant ball and later growth. In general, kaki trees grow compact, but can reach a height of up to 4 m. Pruning is usually not necessary for the kaki tree.

As with all plants, you should also avoid waterlogging. Still, this exotic plant likes it when the soil is kept moist. Especially on hot summer days it needs sufficient water as a container plant. The growth can be supported by applying fertiliser in the spring and summer. From autumn and during the winter break this fruit tree does not need to be fertilised.

Our tip: less is more! The disadvantage of over-fertilising is that the yield of delicious fruits can decline.

Stop by the Lubera® Shop to find your kaki variety. You can then soon be happy about the first harvest from your own garden. Kaki trees are great exotic fruit trees that are easy to grow and maintain even in Central Europe. For further questions and growing advice, please do not hesitate to contact us in the comments section.

 

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