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sick persimmon

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BJ starts with ...
Hello,

I'd really appreciate some advice to assist my sick persimmon before it curls up its toes.

The tree is an ichikikei jiro grafted onto a diospyros kaki rootstock. It has been in the ground for about 8-9 months. At the beginning of spring it popped out beautiful dark green leaves, then when summer hit these appeared to be burned and fell off. New leaves and shoots pushed through - but now these have shrivelled too. I have ensured the tree is mulched, sea soled each fortnight, and that the mulch is not against the trunk (the base of the trunk is black, but I think that is because persimmon roots are black).

The plant is 1.5-2 meters from a NE facing corner of the house so is protected from afternoon sun and drying winds. It is watered frequently (at least 3 deep waterings per week), and fertilised each quarter. The soil has been improved - so it is not just horrid WA sand. I have two other persimmons (a fuyu and dia dia maru). Both these trees appear happy and are continuing to put on new growth.

I cannot see any disease or bugs (although I may have missed something). What could be wrong - and how could I fix it?

Thanks in advance
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Nick says...
It sounds to me like sunburn. The seasol would certainly help build up strength in the cell walls but for protection I would use an anti-dessicant spray (Yates sell a product by the name of Droughtshield).
Hope this helps!
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Nick T
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26th January 2011 7:54pm
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BJ says...
Thanks Nick,
My only worry is that the other two persimmon appear to get more sun and they've kept their leaves... why would the ichikikei jiro be so precious?
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27th January 2011 11:47pm
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MaryT says...
My ichikikei jiro and Fuyu are both under the canopy of a jacaranda but exposed to morning sun. The Fuyu gets afternoon sun as well but both are shaded when the sun is overhead. They are both doing well but the ichikikei jiro looks greener and more vibrant so I may move the Fuyu.
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28th January 2011 12:35pm
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Nick says...
Maybe its a more cold hardy variety... I've got a fuyu too that gets full sun all day and it seems unscathed even by that 43 or so degree day we had.
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28th January 2011 2:57pm
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BJ says...
Hi,
I keep trying to post a question and it doesn't work - hopefully 3rd time lucky.
Can anyone help with my persimmon issues? Leaf tips are burned, new growth quickly appears, but it isn't "healthy". The plant has plenty of well-rotted compost, water and sun.
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Daisy says...
hi,would you like to tell me where can i buy the persimmon tree dai dai maru in Perth?
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kim14 says...
Daisy - I saw some in bunnings recently. They also had fuyu in stock. Very reasonable prices too.
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A.C says...
Im trying to grow a fuyu which I got from Bunnings.Theres an issue which I read on a QLD persimmon problem solver PDF is that Ive noticed with the fuyu is that you mustnt let the potting mix around rootball dry out.When it does it becomes water repellant.When you water it again the water is repelled and the tree dies.Also Pers. are vunerable to other root diseases and not salt tolerant.Not all pers. are the same.Go easy on seasol as it has salt.You have to be lucky in buying a tree that doesnt have a sick rootstock and where you plant it ,it grows.I have a Dai Dai Maru & Hyakumo theyre alot tougher but the Fuyu has gven me a fair bit of trouble.I can tell here you in adelaide the fuyu will grow better where the tree doesnt get any of the western sunlight late on summer days.Probably a semi shaded spot with filtered light would be better where the the ground around the tree doesnt get scorching hot.
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noisymina1 says...
I now have TWO unhealthy dwarf Persimmons and really was sure to be ever so careful with the second one - just in case I had done something wrong with the first one. Would like to know what the problem is too!


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