Propagation of the Persimmon: Cuttage: Root Cuttings
The roots of persimmon trees sprout readily when the top is removed or when the main stem meets with serious injury. [This] offers an explanation for the occurrence of the large clumps of similar trees that are to be found in many abandoned fields. At some time the original tree was cut off near the surface of the ground and the roots sent up sprouts which, being undisturbed, developed into trees bearing similar fruit.
Roots the size of a lead pencil or larger can be used in propagating the persimmon. They should be cut into pieces 6 or 8 inches long, the ends sealed with grafting wax, hot beeswax, or pitch, in order to prevent the decay that develops rapidly in the soft, spongy wood, and the cuttings should then be buried over winter in sand or in a nursery row. They will grow readily the following spring, provided the moisture supply is plentiful until they become well established.
William McGimpsey wrote:Have you gone back to see if anything has sprouted from around the old trees?
Zach Muller wrote:
One question on what you did there. you said you let the root dry before planting, is this something you did because it is persimmon specifically? I have always read to never let the small roots dry out during transpanting, so I always make extra sure they dont.