What does the persimmon seed say this year?
According to folklore, if you crack open a persimmon seed from ripe fruit and look at the shape inside (called a cotyledon), it can forecast the winter weather – fork shape the winter will be mild; spoon shape there will be a lot of snow and knife shape you can expect frigid winds that will “cut” like a blade.
What type of persimmon has seeds?
Inside, the ripe flesh is dark brown in color. Like its American cousin, the black persimmon fruit usually houses up to 10 seeds, although sometimes the fruit is seedless.
What do persimmons seeds look like?
Look at the shape of the kernel inside: If the kernel is spoon-shaped, expect plenty of snow to shovel. If it is fork-shaped, plan on a mild winter with powdery, light snow. If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect frigid winds that will “cut” like a blade.
What does a spoon mean in a persimmon seed?
According to old-timers, persimmon seeds can be used to predict the severity of winter weather. A knife shape will indicate a cold icy winter (where wind will cut through you like a knife). A fork shape indicates a mild winter. A spoon shape stands for a shovel to dig out the snow.
Are persimmon seeds poisonous to humans?
Yes! Persimmon seeds are indeed edible. Persimmon seeds are non-toxic, unlike plum and apple seeds which contain amygdalin. Amygdalin contains cyanide, a poisonous compound.
Can persimmon trees be grown from seed?
To grow from seed choose a fully ripe, unblemished persimmon. Remove the seeds and soak them in warm water for three days. Because persimmon seeds have a 25-35% germination rate, plant multiple seeds for the best chance of success. You should see persimmon seedlings in 6-8 weeks.
How long does it take for a persimmon tree to grow from seed?
Persimmon trees need at least 20 square feet of growing space to flourish and produce an abundant yield. Make sure you cover your persimmon tree roots with organic mulch and be patient. Persimmon trees from seed can take 3-5 years to bear fruit.
Do persimmon trees need full sun?
When picking a location for your tree, try to find a well-drained area with sandy loam soil. This is the best for persimmons, but as long as there is good drainage your tree should thrive. Place your tree in full sun for the best growth and production rate.