Tony, have you lost any of your Kassandra to winter damage? What are the Kassandra fruits like and how do they compare to a fuyu or hachaya? Did you not like the Knightville american persimmon? Many questions from me a novice persimmon enthusiast. If you had to choose either kassandra or rossyanka which would it be?
Kasandra was not as cold hardy as JT-02 and Rossyanka. JT-02 tasted very rich and very good per Cliff England and SMC on GF. Kasandra taste exactly like astringent Kaki. I liked Rossyanka taste and very reliable on fruit production. Last year the temp got down to -9F for a couple nights and Nikita’s Gift got a foot of the top died back. Rossyanka no damage, JT-02 no damage, and one Kassandra protected no damage and tested one in the open with lot of winds and the large graft died completely. I topworked Knightville because I got two trees.
Your died back NG’s top, was it inside or outside the winter protection?
With my Nikita’s Gift, anything above the protection was dead. I’m disappointed that without protection, NG is not as cold hardy (zone 6a) as advertised. It’s be OK in some years when winter is mild. Not when it’s real New England winter, unfortunately.
I am going to plant a seedling and graft other cold hardy varieties to it.
This is a picture of my 100-46 persimmon which I had bought from England’s Orchard a year ago. I am very pleased with its winter survival. Thanks to Alan for the tip on using old carpet as weed block, I am a carpet believer now. Tony, how is the flavor of 100-46?