Why are persimmons not more mainstream at the big box stores?

Last year Krogers had some olive trees for Z6. That was kinda odd. I never see persimmons at Lowes. Walmart, Tractor Supply, Rural King and other stores that sell fruit trees.

Why are persimmons not more mainstream at the big box stores?

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Because people don’t know what they are, so no one asks for them, so no one stocks them, so no one knows what they are…

In other words, it’s the fine print of supply and demand. There’s no demand for a product folks haven’t heard of, and big companies don’t like to take too many risks marketing products without demonstrated demand. One side or the other has to take the first step.

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It’s still Alberta peach and Red Delicious apple around here. Or Anna apple and no chill peaches that bloom in January.

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The box stores are notorious for selling varieties that are inappropriate for local growing conditions, such as USDA Zone and length of the growing season. Won’t more persimmons in northern stores just mean more wasted money and more dead trees?

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We’re fortunate to have local suppliers and a nursery that has over 50 huge greenhouses, but no persimmons. Most around here have natives that are not that good.

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Perhaps in part because they’re just not trendy. Olive trees… popular as mainstream decor for the last few years. Lots of faux plants people put indoors, or if the climate is right potted live.

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I have seen them at Rural King before. It may be regional, or it might be the luck of the draw what the nurseries send to each store.

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Maybe it is not time for them to sell persimmon trees. Apples, pears, and stone fruits first

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I’ve only eaten a few wild American persimmons. Unless they get a whole lot better than the ones I ate, I’d see no reason to plant them for human consumption.

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