When planting , choose a sunny , well drained location. Persimmon trees have a long central taproot, so your planting hole will need to be deeper than usual. The best time to plant a bareroot tree is in early spring, but they can also be planted in the fall. Set bare root trees in the center of the planting hole, spreading the roots down and away from the center . Try not to bend them anymore than is absolutely necessary.
Mix organic amendments such as well composted manure or plant materials into the soil to improve it's structure, fertility and moisture retention. Beyond that very little fertilizer will ever be needed for persimmon trees they are low maintenance.
Excess fertilizer will actually do more harm than good.
Water the plants thoroughly, especially during their first season. Some newly planted persimmon trees will remain dormant during the first growing season, especially in cooler climates, this is not a major concern. Water younger trees thoroughly until they are established. Thereafter, you'l only need to water during dry spells and periods of drought. Mature established trees will withstand long dry spells.
Persimmon trees will produce suckers rampantly. These should be kept in check with heavy organic mulching and cultivation. Pruning should be confined to light thinning and pruning back of aged and excessive growth. They are pretty much pest-free and disease resistant. Scales and borers are sometimes a minor problem. In the South mealybugs are frequently a problem.
Persimmons should not be harvested until the fruits are soft.
The ripe fruits are a treat to the palate when eaten fresh, they are commonly used to make pies, jellies, desserts and etc. Baking soda added in very modest amounts will remove any lingering tartness when baking persimmons. Unpicked fruit will often hang on the tree through the winter , the Indians cherished this tree, as it provided a ready winter food source.