Does anybody know if it’s necessary to interplant persimmon varieties for the highest yield? I know that generally, kaki persimmons are considered self fruitful. But some of the research I’ve looked at suggests that this parthenocarpic trait is generally unreliable and that in commercial orchards they interplant a few pollinator trees such as “Gailey” or others known to produce an abundance of male flowers. So, if I theoretically planted 40 fuyu persimmons (which I read do produce a moderate amount of male flowers sometimes, and produce a couple or no seeds) do I need to add such a pollinator to the mix, or does fuyu adequately pollinate itself? Another concern is if I do add pollinators, are the fruits going to be full of seeds or do fuyu’s (or other varieties, feel free to name them!) just genetically produce few to no seeds despite being pollinated?
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit