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10 DATE PLUM PERSIMMONS TREE SEEDS

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DATE PLUM PERSIMMONS TREE SEEDS, Diospyros lotus, with common names date-plum, Caucasian persimmon, or lilac persimmon, is a widely cultivated species of the genus Diospyros, native to subtropical southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Its English name derives from the small fruit, which have a taste reminiscent of both plums and dates.

DATE PLUM PERSIMMONS TREE SEEDS

DATE PLUM PERSIMMONS TREE SEEDS, Diospyros lotus, with common names date-plum, Caucasian persimmon, or lilac persimmon, is a widely cultivated species of the genus Diospyros, native to subtropical southwest Asia and southeast Europe. Its English name derives from the small fruit, which have a taste reminiscent of both plums and dates.

The species area extends from East Asia to the west of the Mediterranean, down to Spain. The date-plum is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe. It was known to the ancient Greeks as "God's fruit", hence the scientific name of the genus. Its English name probably derives from Persian Khormaloo  literally "date-plum", referring to the taste of this fruit which is reminiscent of both plums and dates. This species is one candidate for the "lotus tree" mentioned in The Odyssey: it was so delicious that those who ate it forgot about returning home and wanted to stay and eat lotus with the lotus-eaters.

Planting Instructions

  • Mix the seeds with several handfuls of moist peat. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag for two months. Keep the temperature at 36 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Select a planting area with light, humus-rich soil and partial sun. Work the soil to a depth of 8 inches. Make a shallow trench using a hoe or the back of your shovel. Water the trench well.
  • Remove the seeds from the refrigerator and soak in tepid water for two or three days. Plant seeds 12 inches apart along the trench at a depth of one-half inch. Plant either in spring or early fall.
  • Thin seedlings the following autumn to one per 6 feet. One year from planting, healthy seedlings should be 8 inches tall. Thin again the second fall, leaving only the number of persimmon trees you want to grow. Keep in mind that each mature tree can reach 25 to 60 feet in height.