Q. How do I care for a persimmon tree indoors in the New York area?
There has been no new growth since I received it in the mail two months ago. I keep it outside in the warm weather and want to bring it in for the winter.
Persimmon (Diospyros ssp.) is not hardy in our area so it takes a little extra care to get right. It is entering its dormant phase now, in late October, so its not surprising that you are seeing little growth.
You are probably growing the popular 'Fuyu" variety. Like many fruit trees, it needs a period of chilling in order to fruit and retain vigor.
Allow your tree to become dormant outside and then keep it in a shed or garage where it will stay between 25 and 45 degrees for a period of 100 to 200 days. Once it resumes growth, gradually acclimate it to warmer temperatures and give it full, direct sun for a minimum of 6 hours per day, and keep the soil moist. Keep it in a position where good air circulation is possible.
Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service
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