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Tanenashi Persimmon-1447-1
Tanenashi Persimmon bloom
Photo taken 4/15/13
Persimmon fruit, half dollar size photo taken 6/1/13
Persimmon fruit, half dollar size
photo taken 6/1/13
Persimmons on 8/12/13
Persimmons on 8/12/13

I harvested seven small persimmons on September 1, 2013. If I don’t, the critters start chewing on them.

14 thoughts on “TANENASHI PERSIMMON”

    1. Meta — It’s very hard to tell someone what a fruit tastes like so I looked it up. It has been described as tasting better (it’s sweeter) than a mango with a different consistency. That’s for sure. You have to be careful to make sure you let a persimmon get SOFT. Otherwise, it will turn your mouth inside out. To me, when it is properly ripe, it has the consistency of pudding. You open it up so that you have two halves and just sorta spoon it out. I think they would be a lot more popular IF they were affordable but at a dollar each most people aren’t going to try them.

      1. Thank you Linda for that info. I did do a walk one time through an old persimmon farm, but they were no fruit on it at the time.

  1. How neat to pick your own fruit. How old is the tree? Will the fruit ripen more after picking? I know nothing about persimmons obviously.

    1. Farmpest – I bought the tree in the early spring of 2006 as a celebration of having survived chemo and radiation. I think it was as 3 year old tree then. I’m beginning to realize I don’t fertilize stuff enough so it hasn’t grown much at all. It has produced more fruit each year but I can’t allow them to tree ripen. I have to pick them September 1st when they are hard and leave them in the house to ripen/soften.

  2. I have three wild persimmons ripening so I can sow the seeds where I want. I left the rest for the critters.

    It may have been me who told you you could root Coleus in water, sounds like what I would say. I am never methodical in things like changing the water weekly, I usually look to see how murky it looks or how much has evaporated. Sometimes things rooted in water get really lanky and tall and drop lower leaves. Toward the end of winter I sometimes make new cuttings from the tops, especially if they didn’t form good roots. I’ve even rooted newly cut Porterweeds and Pentas in soil after they sat around in water all winter.

    1. Nell Jean – Momma always said I didn’t have a lick of sense but I thought it was more an issue of the obvious not being obvious to me. It was not obvious to me that I could root some stuff in water, in the house, to save it over the winter. Until you mentioned it, of course. I’ve thought about it a LOT since then and I plan to do it because there are some things that I can’t save even in the greenhouse.

  3. Beautiful pictures! I just planted a Fuyu Gaki and a Hana Fuyu last year. I hope they do well. How old is your tree? How long did it take it to start fruiting?

    1. Hi Leslie. I have a terrible memory. I believe it was a 3-year-old tree when I purchased it in March 2006 after a year of chemo and radiation. Figured I’d better get busy and do the things I had always wanted to do. A persimmon tree or two was on that list. As a 3-year-old, it was already of bearing age and began to produce the very next year. I think. It was already 4 feet tall and about as big around as your thumb. Even now, it’s probably not more than 2 inches in diameter.

  4. OMG! It looks really good! My husband and I are on a grow your own food to eat kick. Persimmons seem to fit the bill. As pretty as they are do they taste good?

    On your question on the coneflowers, the search feature on the blog doesn’t work. But in the label section you can click on ‘coneflowers’ and see if one of those four posts might be the one you found. Coneflowers are awesome and honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them but clearly, some are better than others. Happy Gardening!

  5. Was also wondering about ripening the persimmon inside. Kind of like tomatoes? Do they go bad sometimes too ? Had heard a hint about
    putting mesh bags (or perhaps cheesecloth would work) around the single fruit or cluster (if cherry tomatoes) and that keeps the fruit on the vine, but deters pests…. just a thought.

    1. Yeah, I’ve thought about putting netting around the tree but I sometimes suffer from laziness. Not to mention a belief that something won’t work. I need to get the fertilizer issue worked out before I worry about netting. I came to the conclusion this summer that I don’t fertilize enough. I’m going to try to find some of those fertilizer sticks that break down slowly.

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