The main suggestion we received was to thin the flowers. Other suggested
culprits were pollenization (possible) and over-fertilization (unlikely,
as we don't fertilize the yard or the tree).
We didn't try hand-pollenization, as one of our neighbors put in a bee
box this spring approximately 200 feet from the tree. We thinned the
fruits as close to the recommended one per 50 leaves as we could when
they were about dime sized.
Fruit still tended to drop, but very slowly. In late summer we had an
extended dry spell, and the remaining fruits held on until November.
Result: our ten foot tall tree yielded around two dozen persimmons. My
wife & I were able to enjoy about a half dozen of these in the first
couple days of November. Squirrels beat us to the rest.
So now it would seem I need to find a way to keep the rain off the tree
in late summer, and the squirrels from climbing the trunk in November...
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