This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
O., Bucks Co., Pa., writes: "Some ten or fifteen years ago I read in some periodical a description by a traveller in Japan of a fruit resembling very much our persimmon, which he described as being very good, but have not heard anything of it since. This week I attended the Centennial, and saw some fruit made of wax in the Japanese department which looks very much like our persimmon. There are specimens in their different stages of growth. I tried to learn more about it, but had very poor success. No doubt you might be more successful than I would be. I was strange, and it did seem as if they did not care to bother with me. Is there no way that I could get a few grafts at a reasonable rate? I feel very desirous to see the persimmon improved, if it can be done. Would our climate be suitable to work them on our native persimmon?
"The above is on exhibition in the Main Building, and on the south side near the wall. If not too much trouble, please let me know more about the above, and oblige."
[We fear our good correspondent is a better reader of "some periodical" than he is of the Gardener's Monthly, or he would know that the Japanese persimmon is not unknown in this country. Moreover, if he had been as good a student of the nurserymen's collections on the Centennial grounds as he was of Japanese wax work, and as we suppose the nurserymen hoped tree lovers would be, he would have seen Japanese persimmon plants in several collections. There was the place to find out what was in the country, and we fancy our correspondent, like a good many more people, has not profited the half by the Centennial that he might have done. We have no doubt that the leading nurserymen near our large cities can soon, if not now, supply Japanese persimmons. - Ed. G. M.]