a batch of persimmons i got in chinatown had about 4 seeds each (usually mine are seedless) and since i thought i'd try my hand at gardening this year, why not give persimmons a go?
from what i read most suggested that they required stratification to get going. some people had window sill dried with good growth success and all offered that a thorough soaking for a few weeks is what was needed to get them going. well i've got a handful in the fridge, a handful dried out, and a handful in a continuously replenished cup for water and guess what... sprouting already! perhaps chinese persimmons are keen on warm weather and don't need stratification vs northern US ones?
i haven't tried to sprout the dried or the cold ones yet... i'll probably do that this week. i think it only took about 2 weeks to get something poking out of the seeds and after that it was fairly rapid growth if i kept them buried in wet soil a good couple of inches.
does anyone have any experience or thoughts on growing fruit trees of this type? i generally have a black thumb, so this is very exciting. i believe i can't expect it to fruit for a good 5 years and considering the awful temps of toronto i'll be keeping it potted to bring it in during the winters.