The Q&A Archives: Planting Persimmon

Question: Can you provide planting directions for a persimmon tree?

Answer: Persimmon trees grow best in full sunshine, in rich, loose, well-draining soil. If your soil is just average, dig a large area up and amend it with organic matter prior to planting. It's important to amend a large area, not just the site where you're going to plant your tree. If you amend only the planting hole, the roots will stay in the improved soil without venturing out into the native soil, and you'll end up with a root-bound tree - one that could strangle itself with its own roots. Use aged compost or leaf mold and dig it in to a depth of 12-18 inches over the entire area. Then dig a hole for the tree, large enough to accomodate the root mass. Make a small mound of soil in the center of the hole so you can spread the roots out naturally. Then fill the hole in and water well to exclude any air pockets around the roots. You can finish up by making a basin around the trunk of the tree to hold water. Water your tree well, applying one-inch of water per week. Once the tree becomes established you need to water only once every two to three weeks during the spring and summer months to keep it happy and healthy.

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