China: Sweet persimmons growing in greenhouse

In the big greenhouse of the Yinong Persimmon Family Farm in Puzhou Town, Yongji City, it is warm as spring. Unlike the persimmon trees in the field that have lost their leaves, the ripening period of these persimmons grown in greenhouses has been delayed by more than half a month. As a logical consequence, this has extended the sales season and increased the sales. 

"If you want to postpone the marketing time of sweet persimmons in greenhouses, you must use scientific methods such as fertilizer and water control to extend their growth time and change their growth cycle. Persimmons in the open field are vulnerable to natural disasters and freezing, and wind and rain are not conducive to standardized management of fruit trees," said Yao Jianlong, head of the farm persimmon family farm.

"Affected by the weather, the output of persimmons has decreased this year, but the minimum output per greenhouse can reach 1500kg, and the highest can reach 3000kg." Yao Jianlong said that with the advent of winter, there are very few fresh persimmons on the market. His persimmons grown in the greenhouse had been ordered by merchants from Nanjing more than a month ago. Relying on its excellent quality and time difference, the initial price of the fruits at the production point can be sold at 5.6 to 9 RMB per kg, and the retail price in supermarkets can reach 16 RMB per kg.


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