Persimmon Growing Guide

Diospyros virginiana


Crop Rotation Group



Warm, fertile, well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH.


Sunny, sheltered spot.

Frost tolerant

Yes, but most grow and crop more reliably under cover in cooler climates.


Persimmons usually need no fertiliser when grown in lawns. Too much nitrogen can cause fruit to drop.


Single Plants: 6.00m (19' 8") each way (minimum)
Rows: 6.00m (19' 8") with 6.00m (19' 8") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out plants in late winter or early spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Persimmons do not need to go through a frost to be palatable, but they do need plenty of time to finish ripening after they have been picked. Persimmons may take seven years to start bearing, and then produce for decades.


Cut fruits from the tree before they are ripe, retaining the short pedicel. Store in a cool, dry place for up to four months.


Watch for aphids and other small sucking insects, which can often be brought under control with insecticidal soap.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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