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Do you love persimmons and can't get enough of them? Then simply multiply your persimmon. All you need is seeds.
Kakis (Diospyros kaki) are easiest to propagate by sowing. The chances of success are very good if you avoid the typical beginner mistakes. In the following instructions, we explain what you need to watch out for when growing kaki so that you can enjoy a healthy tree soon.
How to multiply your persimmons via seeds
❶ Obtain seeds:
Trying to get persimmon seeds from a fruit in the supermarket can take some patience. In the vast majority of cases, the persimmons available for consumption are seedless. If you are lucky, carefully remove the seeds from the fruit, gently scrape off the pulp and let the seeds dry for a few days. If the effort is too great for you, kaki seeds from gardening stores are a time-saving alternative. Here are the 5 most delicious persimmons.
❷ Stratify seeds:
For the seeds to sprout, they have to be stored for a long time at cool temperatures of around 4 to 6 ° C. To do this, wrap the seeds together with some damp sand in cling film in late autumn and let them rest in the fridge for at least two months.
❸ Put seeds in growing pots:
After stratification, put one of the persimmon seeds in a growing pot, which should be about the size of a tea cup. Use a nutrient-poor substrate so that the roots develop quickly later. You can also use peat, a mixture of peat and sand, coconut clay or lean soil from the garden. Cover the seeds with some substrate and dampen them with water from a spray bottle. Finally, cover the nursery pot with cling film and bring it to a warm, bright place.
❹ Germinate seeds and care for seedlings:
In the coming weeks, remove the cling film once a day for half an hour and spray the substrate with water. Expect to germinate around 30 days, but don't lose patience if it takes a little longer. As soon as the seedlings are visible, you can finally remove the film. Also keep the seedlings moist regularly. Place the nursery pot in a bright place that is protected from the midday sun. The young plants gradually have to get used to the full sunlight.
❺ Repot young plants in tubs:
As soon as the growing pot is rooted, repot the young sapling into a bucket with a nutrient-rich substrate. A mixture of garden soil, sand and potting soil perfectly meets the needs of the persimmon tree. If you live in a region with mild winters, you can plant your persimmon in the garden from the fourth year.