Persimmon growing funny, can it be solved?

sunnibel7 Md 7(7)May 21, 2013

Hi, my little Ichi Ki Kei Jiro is slowly turning sideways and I'm wondering if I can or need to correct it. What I mean is that it was growing straight up with a central leader, then last summer the new growth on the leader decide to head for the horizontal. So I tied it upright to a stake and left it. Apparently the ties broke at some point in the winter, and it's still pointing sideways. Now the leader is growing sideways then up and there are several upright branches heading for the vertical, all soft new growth. It is growing so slowly I hate to trim off anything, but I will if I need to. What should I do?

Now that I take a picture, I see something has broken off the leader's tip. Maybe insect, deer, or husband. *sigh*

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

You could put in a better stake and pull it up as straight as you'd like. Put the stake on the right side of the tree and pull it up straighter. It doesn't need to be real straight and could be left as is.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 12:55PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

Good question! Happens to me sometimes too! Staking never completely cured it. I call them "drunken persimmons"!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 1:24PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

Good question! Happens to me sometimes too! Staking never completely cured it. I call them "drunken persimmons"!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 1:28PM
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murkwell

If you'd like it to grow faster and do better I'd recommend removing the grass several feet around it and putting a few inches of mulch.

I think the shape looks pretty cool, and it seems to be growing vertically again. It will make a tree with some character.

If you don't want that sort of character you might try some substantial stakes like T-posts.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 1:41PM
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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

I free about removing the grass. It can stunt the growth during warmer summer days. Make sure to remove it and mulch it well.
You need to allow it to grow vertically, because when its fruiting it can easily break with the weight f the fruit if it doesn't have a string central leader.

Bass

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 2:06PM
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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

Thank you, everyone! I might try to get it going more vertical then, a for the fruit bearing eventually, and b for the husband mowing. He gets fussy when he can't mow right up against something as it is. I can only imagine his reaction to having to go around that tree lopsided for life... :) The grass gets removed fairly often, what you see now is the annual summer weed-grass sprouting on last year's mulch. Easy to hoe off. Harder is the constant incursions from the bermuda grass. Cheers!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 10:23AM
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avgusta_gw

My persimmon had been growing the same way in that age. It is very normal for this cultivar. It will grow and loaded with fruits just like the christmas tree with glass balls :)) I 'd never had my persimmons brunches broken because of wind or heavy fruits load. It has very strong and flexible branches.

The pic is taken 24th of December 2012 :)))

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 11:52AM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

4 of my 15 or so persimmons are growing like that. They seem to grow well, and produce well. Sometimes I wonder if my trimming away the leaning branches has spurred more growth in the leaning direction; or if the shaded side of the tree is reaching for more sun. I keep staking, but I just can't get rid of the leaning.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 5:22PM
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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

Well, the husband says he likes it the way it is, so maybe it can just grow to it's funky little heart's desire. It seems to have a single flower this year, it's first. I like the picture of the one laden with fruit, very pretty! Cheers!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 11:06AM
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