Black Sapote Bonsai Diaries (Diospyros nigra)
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.
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
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..