Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)




Propagation Method

Seed collection: Persimmon fruits are berries usually containing 5 to 8 seeds. They can be collected in early fall after the fruit begins to soften. For larger trees, fruits should be collected soon after they fall from the branches and before they are eaten by small animals.

The fruit of persimmon is edible. Seeds can be easily removed from fruit after they are cut open. Any remaining fruit flesh adhering to the seed can be rubbed off in running water.

It may be more easily removed if the seeds are soaked in water several days. They can be stored dry for long periods in air tight containers in the refrigerator.

Seed dormancy: Persimmon has physiological dormancy.

Seed germination: Stratify seeds using moist chilling for 60-90 days to satisfy physiological dormancy. Following stratification, sow seeds in a nursery container to produce a seedling or sow them in a plastic container in the classroom to observe germination.

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