Where to Buy Our Fruit Trees, Vines and BerriesAlthough Four Winds fruit trees, vines and berries cannot be purchased online (coming soon!), they are available from your local California nurseries and garden centers.
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Persimmons perform best in well-drained soil and with full sun exposure. Fertilize with nitrogen once a year in early spring or try adding 5 to 10 pounds of compost per tree in late winter. Water no more than once every two weeks during spring and summer. Prune to shape when dormant. The Fuyu Persimmon fruit is eaten fresh off the tree beginning in the fall. The Hachiya type fruit is picked when firm and bright orange in color and stored until soft. It is often used for baking. Both types can be dried as well.
Because fruit is borne on branch tips, it is best to prune selectively and thoroughly in the first few years so the tree will develop balanced structure and strong branches for fruit. Regular maintenance pruning involves heading some branches and removing others, usually resulting in a general "Open Vase" shape.
Since excess nitrogen can cause fruit drop, persimmon trees should be minimally fertilized. Trees may benefit from a 10- 10-10 fertilizer applied evenly in late winter or early spring, before fruit set.