This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I have read with much pleasure the articles ill your estimable magazine on the hardiness of the Japan Persimmon, and as far as I can see, the experiments were made on plants grafted on our American variety. Now, the general run of Japanese plants succeed admirably in this county, and generally prove as hardy as our natives; and why not this when the culture is properly understood? In the Spring of I875 Engineer Rowbotham, U. S. N., arrived home after spending three years cruising in Japanese Waters. When he called on me he had a wonderful story to tell of the Japan Persimmon, its size, lusciousness, beautiful color and line taste, somewhat between an orange and apple. He brought home a few seeds for me to germinate for him, and being immediately planted, started with considerable vigor. I planted two out, which by Fall made a growth of twelve to fifteen inches. Now these two plants stood out totally unprotected the Winter of 1875-'76, and on examination in the Spring found them entirely uninjured. Mr. Rowbotham then transplanted them to his residence at Haddonfield, N. J., but with what success I do not know, as I have lost sight of him since moving to this place.
He is now on the U. S. S. Wyoming, and probably would answer any communication in respect thereto.