My thoughts all over the place due to lack of sleep, so forgive me! We had a hard frost on Monday really nailed my kaki persimmon trees, hopefully they’ll be fine. They were lush and green, now all the leaves are dead and falling off. No fall color this year.
Now my thoughts go to winter protection, this is the first winter I’ve had persimmons. I’m in Zone 6b, last 2 winters have bottomed out at -1F. I’m definitely going to protect my Tam Kam to be safe. Emulating Tony I’ll use a tomato cage wrapped in burlap, stuffed with leaves and a tarp/pot on the top; no lightbulb though. Not sure if I will protect the Saijo since I grafted it at 4’ tall, it will be tricky to do. Anecdotally I have seen Saijo listed as zone 5 hardy, can anyone vouch for this? If so, I see no reason to protect it. I also will try to figure something out for the IKKJ/Izu multigraft, but it’s an awkward shape.
Any advice for overwintering American Persimmon seedling/young trees? I was just going to put them in my garage. Shed would be easier, but it’s metal and on a sunny day it gets HOT even in winter. Other option is to put them under the eaves behind my garage (north facing) and heel in with some mulch.
I have never seen this mentioned anywhere but it turns out deer will strip all the leaves off kaki and hybrid persimmons. Nikita’s Gift and my kaki multigraft were defoliated weeks ago by those #$@%&! With a couple thousand acres of woods all around, they sure love my yard…poor plum, persimmon, apple, and serviceberry.