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Q: When do I fertilize my persimmons?

A: Fertilizer requirements for persimmon trees are largely unknown for Florida conditions, but in general the persimmon needs less than citrus or peaches and in fact is thought to drop fruit if grown too vigorously. A balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 or similar mixture is suggested at rates of ½ – 1 pound per year of age up to a maximum of 8 to 10 pounds on old trees. In the first year that the tree is planted, fertilizer should not be applied until April or May. Then approximately ½ – 1 pound of the 10-10-10 should be applied. Every year thereafter ½ of the fertilizer application should be made in January and the other half at the beginning of the rainy season in June. The fertilizer should be broadcast evenly beneath the tree, so avoid using the spiked type of fertilizers.