Sharon fruit, also called persimmon, grows on a deciduous tree that may reach up to 25 feet in height and the same in width. Two varieties of the fruits, astringent and non-astringent, provide a tasty snack. You should wait to eat the astringent variety until it becomes as soft as jelly, but you can eat the flesh of a non-astringent Sharon fruit as you would an apple. Do not eat Sharon fruit seeds as they have an extremely bitter taste.
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- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Nitrogen fertiliser
- Wire rake
Transplant a Sharon fruit tree seedling as soon as the danger of frost has passed. Its fragile root system will mature rapidly and thrive in well-drained and loamy soil.
Plant each seedling not more than 1 inch deeper than it grew in the nursery. Use the obvious dirt line on the stem of the seedling as a guide. Space the plants, in full sun, 15 to 16 feet apart.
Test the soil to determine if your seedling needs nitrogen fertiliser during its first year of growth. If it does, work 28.4gr. of granulated nitrogen into the soil with a wire rake before you water. Thereafter, apply 28.4gr. of nitrogen, once a year, for each year of the tree's life. For example, a 5-year-old tree should receive 142gr. of nitrogen, in one application, in a given year.
Water your new plant as soon as possible after planting and continue watering until small puddles begin to form on the surface of the soil. Sharon fruit trees require weekly watering under normal conditions and twice-weekly watering in periods of drought.
Tips and warnings
- Garden and home centres generally have soil testing kits in stock.
- Excessive amounts of fertiliser may burn the roots of your plant.
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