Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Persimmons planted in Salamander's Swamp

As noted earlier, there are many dead ash trees in Salamander's Swamp.

Those dead trees result in more sunlight hitting the forest floor.  Something will fill the gap.  It might as well be something interesting.
This image gives you a perspective on the range of sizes for persimmon fruit.  This is a standard, five gallon bucket.

The seeds were collected from the tree that produced these persimmons.  These are not the biggest American Persimmons I have seen but they are respectable.

This is the root end of a blown-down ash.  The tree dies.  The roots rot.  A strong wind comes along and snaps the punky roots.  Yes, it really was that gray and dreary today.

I screwed up and failed to bring any means of marking the trees.  I cut strips from the dogfood bag I was using to transport the seedlings in the woods.  The persimmon seedling is in the lower right corner of the photo.  You can see that the soil is very black and very rich.
I moved about fifteen and that is the last of them for this year.   These were two year old seedlings.  They only grow about 6" tall the first year but then grow like tomato plants the second year.  Most of the seedlings were three and four feet tall.

Most of the persimmons were planted in the handle of region "F" as described in this post from earlier this year.
Thirty persimmon trees should produce enough fruit to get the deer's attention, especially if I graft over most of the male trees to females.

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