Black Sapote

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Black Sapote Bonsai Diaries (Diospyros nigra)

I see all these pictures and exclamations about the Black Sapote... It is so tropical looking...  It can be grown in containers...  The fruit is like chocolate pudding...

How much is marketing?  How much is true? When people have different receptors for sweet and savory flavors, what would be the most accurate description?  I just don't know.

According to many sites, the texture is like custard and the flavor is much like chocolate, making it a great candidate for deserts and ice creams.  Most reviews are complimentary to this fruit... I had no choice. I had to buy one.

Lets Get Growin


SUN: Filtered sun
WATER: Water regularly
SOIL PH: 6.0-8.0
FERTILIZER: After planting, when new growth begins, apply 1/4 lb (113 g) of a young tree fertilizer such as a 6-6-6. Repeat this every 6 to 8 weeks for the first year then gradually increase the amount of fertilizer to 0.5, 0.75, and 1.0 lb (227 g, 341 g, 454 g) as the tree grows. In alkaline soils with a high pH, drench the soil next to the tree trunk with 2 to 4 oz. (57–113 g) of iron chelate 1 to 2 times per year from June through September.

2017-11-11 Expansive Growth And 686 Days To Fresh Fruit
Black Sapote 'IGOR'


Igor is doing really well and just keeps growing.

Not much to report, except that there are only two more seasons until fruit day!  Talking in terms of seasons seems to make is seem like a lot less time rather than saying so many days, but counting the days is also important.

The black sapote doesn't generally require pruning, but since it is in a planter and is intended to be a bonsai we will have to lop off the main lead... although it will probably shoot up another main lead not long after that...  that is the nature of this tree.  No stopping it!





Black Sapote 'IGOR'

2017-08-06 Taller Still And 783 Days To Fresh Fruit


It has been quite some time since making an update on the Black Sapote.  Igor is still growing strong, and getting taller.  It seems to do well when treated the same as citrus trees.

The wiring had been taken off a while ago and the branches kind of reformed to where they wanted to be.  This is okay.  This is probably the year to review the general structure and cut off branches that don't seem to work well for the tree and the overall bonsai look.

It is hard to tell from the photos but there is some craggly looking branch structures which would go well with the look of the fuyu persimmon tree.

We're looking forward to the tree trunk becoming thick and solid and making a nice looking top to hold some large fruits some day.

2017-04-02 Growing Strong
Black Sapote 'IGOR'


Igor has been plugging along all winter, bearing the contortions forced upon the branches with the bonsai training wire.

Separating the branches caused the smaller, center shoots to grow straight up the center from which one will hopefully become the new lead.


Black Sapote, IGOR

2016-10-08 New Growth


Igor is doing well and has made some new leaves.  There is some directional change which will be good for the weaving curvature of a bonsai tree trunk.

There are two growing branches and two stumps further down. I need to contemplate what to do with the stumps, as they will be unsightly in the future.

I don't want to do anything with the stumps right now as the best time to prune is early winter, during dormancy.

This is the same philosophy for all persimmon trees.

2016-09-18 Tree Arrived


Black Sapote Trees grow very well in containers as long as you provide an adequate size pot for the taproot persimmons are reported to have.
Black Sapote, 'IGOR'

A good grow out container could be 18-24  inches in diameter and 20  inches deep.  We will probably make our own grow out and bonsai containers some day. In the mean time, we got some cheap pots at Home Depot and added drainage holes.

The tree we purchased is approximately 2 years old.  I chose to buy the tree because there is no way I could find a fruit like this in my area (that I've seen).  I like novelty plants and being that this along with several other non-generic food plants the tree was a better choice than growing from seed.

This one is named Igor.  Hopefully this was grown true to the parent tree.  1105 days to home grown pudding..