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Question: do I have to move my kaki plant?

in my garden (only mine for a few months) last fall a vanilla kako was planted in a position that catches little sun from October to March and nothing December and January because it is covered by the house.I have to move it or I can hope that it will bear fruit even if late as the old landlord tells me? thanks.


Khaki exposure: Answer: khaki and the sun

Dear Sandro,

your khaki plant is likely to receive very little, too little sun; if you live in an area with mild winters, at least you will not have the problem of excessive cold, which the khaki fear enough; but for the flowering, the fruiting and the correct ripening of the fruits, a correct exposure to direct sunlight is fundamental. If, however, your sapling receives a good insolation from March until October, I believe that it can easily bring some fruit to maturity.

In fact, if the plant has recently been planted, you will find out if it needs more sun only over the next few years. If you have a sunnier area of ​​the garden, and it may contain a small tree, I recommend that you move your khaki immediately, so that from the first year it receives the correct amount of sun it needs.

The kaki (the botanical name is dyospiros kaki) are small trees originating in central and southern China, where they have been cultivated for millennia; in Europe they were introduced already in the eighteenth century; they are resistant plants, which do not fear the cold excessively, also because during the cold months they are in complete vegetative rest.

However, they do not like excess humidity, especially in the soil, and also in winter; therefore the position in little sun can favor the accumulation of water in the soil, which can remain humid for several weeks, going to favor the development of rottenness of the root system.

There are many varieties of kaki grown in Italy; the main cultivation areas are Sicily and Emilia Romagna; two very different territories. In fact, the diospiro is a plant that lives very well in the Mediterranean climate, in order to be able to breed it even in areas with harsh winters, more resistant rootstocks have been chosen, so that the plants can withstand winter temperatures even below -12 / -15 ° C.

Typically, in traditional varieties, khaki fruits are not edible at the time of harvest, as they have an excessively hard pulp and astringent flavor, which is completely inedible.

In general, this occurs because most of the khaki cultivated once produces only parthenocarpic fruits, that is, fruits that enlarge and develop even when the flower has not been pollinated. In traditional varieties these fruits must be dried up in order to be consumed.

There are varieties that produce both parthenocarpic fruits (and therefore astringent at the time of harvest) and fruits due to pollination (sweet already at the time of harvest, even if they are hard and compact, with yellow pulp); Then there are varieties widespread only in the last decades that produce non-astringent parthenocarpic fruits, and they are called kaki mela or kaki vanilla.

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