[NAFEX] persimmon seed sprouting

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Wed Nov 16 10:09:13 EST 2005

Lee, by "deciduous," do you mean these stems are shed as leaves are in
the autumn? -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] persimmon seed sprouting

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 containers. 

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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