Wintering persimmons: Three methods for effective frost protection presented

Persimmons originally come from Asia. Since it is usually not as cold there in winter as we do, persimmon trees need some protection in winter.

/ Persimmons need protection in winter

The persimmon tree (Diospyros kaki) is only hardy in Germany. Young trees in particular need reliable frost protection. The good news: older specimens cope much better with low temperatures. We would like to explain below how you can bring young plants, container plants and outdoor persimmon trees well over the winter.

How to properly hibernate persimmon trees

Hibernate young plants in a protected area:

Cultivate your persimmon tree in the tub until at least the third year. As a young plant, persimmon trees do not tolerate frost and therefore must not spend the winter outside. Take the buckets to a sheltered room as soon as the temperatures reach freezing at night. Persimmons throw off the leaves in winter and therefore hardly need any light. A dark location in the basement or in the garage is well suited. The temperature in the winter quarters should be around 5 ° C.

As soon as no more frosts are to be expected in spring, bring the trees back onto the terrace or into the garden. In the event of an unexpected cold snap, you need to react quickly to protect the leaves and buds. Then a short stay in the winter quarters is necessary again.

Hibernate container plants in the garden:

From the fourth year it is possible to overwinter the persimmon tree as a container plant outside. Choose a protected location, for example directly on the house wall. Heated buildings give off a little heat to the outside in winter, so the temperatures in front of or behind your house are slightly higher than in more distant areas of the garden.

As soon as the weather forecast announces the first night frost, place the bucket on a styrofoam plate several centimeters thick. The plate prevents soil frost from getting into the rootstock from below. In addition, wrap the trunk and branches of the tree with mats made of natural fibers such as coconut or jute.

Wintering persimmons outdoors:

If you live in a region with rather mild winters, it is also possible to plant the persimmon tree and spend the winter outdoors. Cover the tree slice with bark mulch in late autumn and spread a second layer of coniferous twigs on it. Protect the branches and the trunk like the container plants with jute or coconut fiber mats.

Nowhere in Germany is planting the persimmon tree completely risk-free. Basically, the older the trees are and the more winter you have survived as a container plant in the garden, the more resistant they are to the cold.