Planting Persimmon Trees

Are you ready to dive into the world of fruit trees? Planting persimmon trees can be a rewarding and delicious experience. But before you start digging, there are a few things you should know to ensure your persimmons thrive. At Tips Tree Planting, we’ve got all the juicy secrets to help you grow the perfect persimmon tree.

Location and Spacing

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Finding the ideal location for your persimmon tree is key to its success. These trees love basking in the sunlight, although they can tolerate some partial shade. When it comes to spacing, it’s important to consider the variety you’re planting. Here are the general guidelines:

  • American: 30-50 feet apart
  • Asian: 15-20 feet apart
  • Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro: 8-10 feet apart


When it’s time to plant your persimmon tree, there are a few steps you should follow. Remember, persimmons have a strong taproot, so don’t worry if the roots appear black – it’s perfectly normal. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root system.
  • For bare root trees, plant them at the same depth as they were in the nursery row, or no more than 1 inch below.
  • For potted trees, dig a hole four times the width of the roots and half the depth.
  • Position the tree in the planting hole and fill it with the original soil.
  • Give the tree a deep watering, allowing the water to soak down to the roots.
  • Hold off on fertilizing at planting time.
  • Mulch the entire planting area, leaving a few inches of space around the trunk to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Pruning is not necessary at planting time.

Potting Your Persimmon Tree

If you prefer growing persimmons in containers, you’re in luck! These trees can thrive in pots and be stored in an unheated basement or garage during winter (if they’re not cold-hardy to your zone). Here’s what you need to do when potting your persimmon tree:

  • Plant potted trees at the same depth they were in the shipping pot.
  • Choose a potting mix or medium to avoid contaminants and ensure proper drainage.
  • Select a pot that can accommodate the tree’s current root system with room to grow.
  • In cool climates, keep your potted tree protected until outdoor temperatures warm up and the chance of frost is gone.
  • Water your tree when the potting mix is dry to the touch about an inch below the surface.
  • Be cautious not to overwater, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.
  • As your tree grows, you can increase the pot size to allow for more growth and fruit production.
  • Pot up your tree to a container that is manageable for you, especially if you need to move the tree indoors for winter protection.

At Tips Tree Planting, we’re passionate about helping you create a thriving garden. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just beginning your green journey, our website is a treasure trove of valuable information. For more expert tips on tree planting and gardening, visit Tips Tree Planting. Happy planting!

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