After a long wait, I confirmed this year that my oldest princess persimmon can bear fruit.
Young princess persimmon – with fruit!
Growing princess persimmon from seed is an inefficient approach as there’s no way to determine whether a seed will produce a male or female plant. As most enthusiasts grow princess persimmon for the fruit, raising a tree for five, six, seven, or more years before learning whether or not it will fruit can be a disheartening process.
The most efficient way to propagate princess persimmon is by root cutting – the method I used to create the above tree. As soon as a fruiting tree produces pencil-sized roots, these can be removed to create new plants.
Princess persimmon fruit
As it happens, most of the young princess persimmons in my garden started from seeds, not cuttings. At the time, I didn’t have access at the time to fruiting trees from which I could make root cuttings. Am hoping I’ll start seeing signs one way or the other over the next several years.
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