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  • From: Jerry Lehman <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Care of D. kaki seedlings
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:13:30 -0500

On 11/30/2016 5:02 PM, Matt Demmon wrote:
I'm not sure what your overwintering plan is, but in my experience
wintering seedlings in pots, persimmons are some of the most difficult. I
generally experience 100% death if they are kept outside above ground over
winter, even in a sheltered location or with leaves or chips mounded around
the pots. Same with paw paws, BTW.

I will say (write) this with tongue-in-cheek. Chips and leaves don't offer enough protection if there only packed around the pots to the surface of the soil in the pots. I think if you had it 12 inches over the top of the soil in the pots the root system would receive sufficient insulation to survive. Some years back I had a number of kaki seedlings in the soil and I packed wood chips around them to a depth of 12 inches which completely covered the little seedlings. They survived and one day when the temperature was 0°F I took a thermometer and inserted it down into the wood chips to a depth of about 6 inches and the temperature at that level was 20°. I'm curious, if you had mulched above the soil levels in the pot how deep was it?


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