Question: Should I move my persimmon plant?
in my garden (mine only for a few months) last autumn a vanilla kako was planted in a position that gets little sun from October to March and no December and January because it is covered by the house.I have to move it or I can hope that it will bear fruit even if late as the old landlord tells me? thank you.
Khaki display: Answer: khakis and the sun
your persimmon plant is likely to get very little sun, too little; if you live in an area with mild winters, at least you won't have the problem of excessive cold, which persimmons fear enough; but for flowering, fruiting and correct ripening of fruits, correct exposure to direct sunlight is essential. However, if your sapling receives good sunshine from March to October, I think it can safely bring some fruit to ripen.
In fact, if the plant is recently planted, you will find out if it needs more sun only over the next few years. If you have a sunnier area of the garden, and it can contain a small tree, I recommend that you move your persimmon immediately, so that from the first year it receives the correct amount of sun it needs.
Persimmon (the botanical name is dyospiros kaki) are small trees native to central southern China, where they have been cultivated for millennia; in Europe they were introduced as early as the 18th century; they are resistant plants, which do not fear the cold excessively, also because during the cold months they are in complete vegetative rest.
However, they do not like excesses of humidity, especially in the ground, and even in winter; therefore the position in little sun can favor the accumulation of water in the soil, which can remain humid for several weeks, favoring the development of rottenness of the root system.
There are many varieties of persimmon grown in Italy; the major cultivation areas are Sicily and Emilia Romagna; two very different territories. In fact, the diospiro is a plant that lives very well in the Mediterranean climate, in order to be able to breed it even in areas with harsh winters, more resistant rootstocks have been chosen, so that the plants can bear winter temperatures even below -12 / -15 ° C.
Typically, in traditional varieties, persimmon fruits are not edible at harvest time, as they have an excessively hard pulp, and an astringent flavor, completely inedible.
Generally this happens because most of the kaki cultivated in the past only produce parthenocarpic fruits, or fruits that swell and develop even when the flower has not been pollinated. In traditional varieties these fruits must be dried in order to be consumed.
There are varieties that produce both parthenocarpic fruits (and therefore astringent at the time of harvest) and fruits due to pollination (sweet already at harvest time, even if they are hard and compact, with yellow flesh); There are also varieties that have only been widespread in the last few decades that produce non-astringent parthenocarpic fruits, and are called apple kaki or vanilla kaki.