[NAFEX] persimmon seed sprouting

lee reich lreich at hvc.rr.com
Wed Nov 16 09:45:50 EST 2005

I've never had much difficulty germinating persimmon seeds. I soak  
the seed for a few hours after extracting it from the fruit, wash it,  
then put it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator along with some  
moist potting soil. I take the bag out of the refrigerator after  
about three months, keep it in a warm room, and wait for roots to  
appear. Once they appear, I pot up individual seeds into deep  

Now, grafting persimmons...that's where I have not been as  
successful. I get only about 50 percent take with whip and tongue  
grafts made when rootstocks start sprouting leaves. Many persimmon  
stems are deciduous, so one theory that I have is that many of the  
grafts that don't take were made with stems that would have been  
deciduous, so don't live.

Lee Reich, PhD

Books by Lee Reich:
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden
A Northeast Gardener's Year
The Pruning Book
Weedless Gardening

On Nov 15, 2005, at 10:23 PM, Jerrydana5 at aol.com wrote:

> Has anybody had any success at sprouting persimmon seeds?  I've  
> tried several times and always failed.  Any advice would be  
> helpful--I obviously don't know what I'm doing.   Jerry in southern  
> Indiana
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