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How much to water and water the persimmon plant

The persimmon plant adapts to any type of soil, however, preferring fresh and deep ones to clayey ones and rich in limestone. This plant prefers the Mediterranean climate, but has a high resistance even to low temperatures except for young plants which could be damaged if exposed to too cold temperatures. Persimmon is also quite resistant to drought, but it is natural that in the driest periods it needs more water, also because the roots of this plant are very sensitive to lack of water and therefore the soil must always be fresh and moistened. but being careful to avoid possible stagnation of water. In climates that do not have drought problems it is not necessary to do frequent irrigation. In the hottest periods the persimmon therefore needs the

How to grow and care for a persimmon plant


Persimmon does not require special care and attention for cultivation except at a young age when the shrub is still delicate. In fact, at this stage it would be advisable to cover the base and the initial part of the trunk with straw. The planting of the persimmon takes place through grafted rods and the indicated period is between autumn and winter. The first harvest after planting will take place after about three or four years, but the wait will be worth it as the yield will be very abundant. The fruit can be considered ripe and therefore ready to be harvested when it becomes yellow-orange and does not have green streaks, i.e. in autumn. For this plant, pot cultivation is to be excluded as it is characterized by a rather complex root system and therefore needs space. As for pruning for healthy plants, it will be enough to remove the branches in bad conditions; if, on the other hand, there are problems relating to the foliage or to the production, it is necessary to intervene by pruning the excess branches, but never drastically, at the end of winter and above all without cutting those of a year as the persimmon bears fruit on them.

How and when to fertilize the plant


The persimmon plant needs a standard defined type of fertilization. This type of fertilizer must contain phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen in equivalent ratios, while for weaker or older persimmons it would be advisable to fertilize with a compound with a high nitrogen content. An adult plant needs about 1 kg of complex fertilizer. Fertilization begins in late summer with modulated release nitrogen distribution and nutritional supplementation with phosphorus and potassium must be carried out in spring after flowering. The modulated release guarantees balanced nutrition to the crop according to its needs, enhances the fertility of the soil and promotes chlorophyll photosynthesis. Nitrogen must be considered the

Persimmon: Exposure, diseases and remedies


Persimmon is a rather rustic plant with therefore excellent resistance even to possible attacks by parasites and fungi. However, it can be affected by: root rot, cochineal, fungal diseases such as gray mold and powdery mildew and by the fruit fly, present mainly in southern areas. Trunk and branches could also be attacked by Sesia which is a woodworm that digs into the wood forming tunnels. Sesia and fruit fly could seriously damage persimmon production. Unfortunately there are few possible interventions and remedies for these types of adversity; it is therefore always advisable to prevent and protect the plant from any infestations. The defense is mainly based on manual interventions, removing the bark and killing the larvae and to contain the attacks it could also

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