Top-working Persimmons

Discussion in 'Fruit Trees' started by KSQ2, Feb 22, 2021 at 1:09 PM.

  1. KSQ2

    KSQ2 Well-Known Member

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    I would like to do some grafting this year in our back pasture. We have both male and female persimmons. Like most, we have more male trees and only one small grove of females. Could someone please give me a link or tell me the basics of how to do this successfully? I don't even know if I need to do this when they're dormant, like I'm assuming. I thought I'd found a thread on here last year with details, but for the life of me, I can't find it now.
     
  2. Native Hunter

    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

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    1. Cut scions well before they get a green tip and start budding out. The middle of next month wouldn't be a bad time, but two weeks before they bud out would be better. I like to start with fresh scions, but they do need to be dormant.
    2. Store in the fridge (but not freezer) in a plastic bag with damp paper towel. You can also wax the cut ends if you want, but I don't usually do that.
    3. Let the host tree start leafing out. It needs to be coming out of dormancy really well so that the bark slips well when cut and stripped back.
    4. Do persimmons just like you would apples, except that it happens later on. Apples come out of dormancy sooner.
    5. Bark grafting is my favorite method but cleft grafting works too.
    6. There are several good videos on Youtube.

    Good Luck....
     
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  3. KSQ2

    KSQ2 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Native, very helpful!
     
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