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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Tioga County, NY
I have bought seedlings from the PGC Howard, NH State Nursery, Missouri MDC, Soil & Water Conservation District, and various private nurseries. And grown my own of certain things from seed and taken up grafting.
I am working to expand persimmons on our farm in NW Columbia Co., about 10 miles north of I-80. There are 2 mature persimmons that I assume were planted by the barn more than 60 years ago. The 3rd tree (male) blew over in a storm a few years ago. The mature female trees still fruit but not as well. There are also many younger suckers or seedlings coming up around the barn or pasture. One of those just started to fruit last year. I did some bark and cleft grating last year of those smaller trees to named varieties (Prok, Yates, Meader) with very good success. I found more seedlings this summer that I will graft with some other later ripening varieties but still early/mid season varieties. There are some pretty late ripening and dropping varieties available but I'm not certain how late is too late to ripen for me.
Longer term, I have an old apple orchard (can see the trees in the 1930s aerial photos) that I want to convert to persimmon and paw paw. Now is mostly black walnut and increasingly autumn olive. I planted bare root persimmon and paw paw from MDC a couple year ago. Also some persimmon I started from seed the summer of 2015 and planted out that fall. Although many sources say persimmon don't need protection, I found that they DO. My little seedlings got mowed off last winter and the MDCs without protection did not do that well. I have some more on order from MDC for this spring and those will get tubed. Most of the persimmon seedlings will eventually get grafted. Same for the paw paws.
I have some wild american plum from MDC and beach plum from NH in the ground for 3 years. Still going. Probably could have used more weed control to help get them going.