How Do You Plant Persimmons From Seeds?
The common persimmon (Diospyros virginiana L.) is found in many of the contiguous 48 states, from Florida to New York, and as far west as Kansas and Nebraska. Its checker-patterned bark and glossy green leaves make it an interesting visual addition to a home garden. The persimmon is best known for the “pucker power” of its bitter, bright orange fruit. With the approach of fall, these bitter fruits ripen into soft, sweet treats for man and beast alike, giving rise to its alternate name, “possumwood.” Collect seeds from wild persimmon trees in autumn or order from seed catalogs. Fallen fruit or soft, ripe fruit still on the tree may be used. Remove the seed coat and tissue from the harvested persimmon tree fruit. Persimmon seeds will often fail to germinate if the seed coat remains on the seed. The seeds may be removed manually by peeling the fruit, or the fruit may simply be eaten and the remaining seeds saved. Another messy but effective method is to place very ripe fruit in a plastic