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Persimmon fruit set on young tree

Posted by girlbug2 z9/10, Sunset zone 2 (My Page) on
Sun, May 19, 13 at 12:53

I have an Asian persimmon planted in ground (Saijo) which is about 3 years old and still small and sparse -- I confess that in the first 2 years I hadn't watered it much.

Well this spring it blossomed like crazy and it appears the blossoms have set quite a bit of immature fruit. My concern is that there are about as many little fruits as there are leaves, and I'm no persimmon expert but I seriously doubt there are enough leaves to support the fruit on this little tree. Not to mention that once the fruits are mature there is no way such a small and weak tree could support the weight of all that fruit!

Should I be thinning the fruits? If so, should I thin them all until the tree has grown more or should I leave a few?

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RE: Persimmon fruit set on young tree

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Sun, May 19, 13 at 13:27

Persimmon is one fruit I'd suggest waiting to see what drops, probably 3-4 weeks. Your tree might drop every one and mine always drops some. If it holds some fruit thin so that the tree can easily support the remaining fruit. And if you want to be conservative cut them all off now. I'd save at least one or two.

RE: Persimmon fruit set on young tree

Leave the fruits alone, please!
It will drop them itself if it cannot support them. Persimmon branches are very flexible and strong, they will hold even heavy loads of fruits. Your tree is going to be just fine!

RE: Persimmon fruit set on young tree

Avgusta is correct. I have a Fuyu and some years it drops most of the fruit and other years only about 30%. I have read that based upon stress placed on the tree, i.e. too little or too much water, inconsitent water or temperature extremes, the drop-off will be greater.

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