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6879 Persimmon tree Maekawa-Jiro, Dwarf, Low chill, Diospyros kaki, Grafted?
What is grafted plant
Q: What is a grafted plant?
A: Grafting is a method of vegetative (or asexual) propagation where a piece of one plant (scion) selected for its flowers or fruit and containing the desired genes to be duplicated is inserted into a piece of another plant (rootstock), with a strong vigorous root system, usually a seedling.
Benefits of the graft:
- making a clone of the parent plant ensures the same cultivar, since most fruit trees will not come true to seed
- taking a scion from a mature plant reduces time to flowering and fruiting (from 10-12 years for a seedling to 2-3 years or less for a grafted plant)
- introducing dwarfing, hardiness, disease and pest resistance.
- easier propagation method when other means like cutting or seed is not successful
Maekawa-Jiro (or Makawa) produces large, seedless persimmons with conical shape. They are firm and crunchy, with the sweet taste of fresh sugar cane. The time to pick is when the fruit turns orange and the flesh is still firm, like an apple. Non-Astringent. Fruiting time in September. Maekawa-Jiro persimmon tree is a small grower, the trees rarely exceed 12 foot in height. A uniquely cold-hardy tropical tree. Excellent pest- and disease-resistance. This tree will also suffer heat, drought and humidity without flinching. Self-pollinating, but will produce more/larger fruit with a Jiro or Fuyu nearby. Fruit ripens mid-October through mid-November.