I have 3 figs that are not hardy and which are in 1/2 55 gallon drums and I move them in and out of my garage each year, so I feel you pain more than you know. As a matter of fact, I decided this summer that it was going to be the last year I go through moving those things. I’m going to plant them outside while they are dormant and after winter has passed, and hopefully I’ll get a good year that first year, then we’ll see if they just die to the ground like my hardier ones sometimes do or if it kills them completely- I won’t be crushed if it does.
I guess you’ve seen me raving about my Saijo. I’ll try not to go on another big soliloquy about how incredible those fruits are, but man do I love those things. I just looked at your very impressive list of persimmon varieties. I know you don’t want anymore huge cans to move, but I’m a bit surprised you don’t have one! Have you every tasted them (I’m betting you have as much as you seem to enjoy persimmons). Are any of yours similar to Saijo? I just planted a Nakita’s gift this past spring and am excited to try it. I thought it would be more cold hardy but from what I’ve read here after I bought it I’m worried it won’t make it through our zone 6b/7a winters (I am RIGHT on the line). We usually get about 2 nights that are -3 and less than 7 nights are below 10 degrees. We get -6 about once every 4-5 years but VERY rarely below that. Will my Nakita’s Gift probably be killed at those levels in your opinion?
I did have a Hachiya but it was killed by winter (the top was, not whatever rootstock they used) I would absolutely die of my Saijo died but it is 6 years and a pretty big tree. I got about 50 fruits this year and have never been happier. I even planted 2 more saijos this spring. I’d also love to hear if you think I’ve been lucky of if Saijos will usually surive down to -5 a couple times in a year?
I’m sorry to be going on and on but I’ve got a new obsession with persimmons so its fun talking to someone like you who obviously enjoys them as well.
You asked about my Chocolate this year. Interesting question. I know you may say I’m crazy (or at least non-observant) but I really don’t think my Chocolate had any male blooms the first 3 years of its life. But all of a sudden this year It had a ton of them. The majority of the tree, in fact, was male. This years fruit wasn’t as good, either. I know for sure it wasn’t as brown inside this year as past years, and I’m absolutely certain that I let it fully ripen fully (some even fell by themselves). I’ve read some people say the ones with seeds are better, and perhaps something else hurt mine this year, but to answer your question, my chocolates just weren’t as good this year for some reasons. My saijos, on the other hand…well, you already know!!! ha