2022 Changes: Because of the overwhelming demand, we are selling our seed by you-pick. https://www.redfernfarm.com/index.php/2022/08/28/you-pick-at-red-fern-farm-2022/
We allow people interested in harvesting for seed to come to our farm to harvest. Maps will be provided. You are allowed to gather fruit from any tree. Call 319-729-5905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a harvest date. We do allow primitive camping in our groves to facilitate multiple days of harvest.
Bulk seed: A mix of mostly ‘Prok’, ‘Yates’, and ‘Osage’ with some ‘Elmo’, ‘Claypool’, ‘Barbara’s Blush’, ‘Early Jewel’, ‘Lehman’s Delight’ and ‘Valeen Beauty’. The persimmons for this seed were ripe when collected, kept chilled, run through a Robot Coupe. The seeds were then further rinsed, mixed with damp medium and kept refrigerated.
SAA Piper seed: The mother tree has large, high quality fruit. The seedlings are the most cold hardy we know. Pollinizer was Zsukis.
Wapello seed: This mother tree located in Wapello, Iowa is a wild tree. It has very heavy fruit production. The fruit drops gradually through the winter. Great for wildlife or livestock feed. Seedlings of this tree also make exceptionally great root stocks for grafting persimmons. You can harvest in Wapello for free.
Lehman’s Delight, AKA “100-46” seed : Fruit size nearly as large as Prok, thick-skinned, late-ripening, excellent flavor.
Yates seed: Very large fruit, up to 2 ½” diameter, with early ripening and excellent flavor.
Prok seed: Largest fruit of any American persimmon, up to 3” diameter. Very early ripening, excellent flavor/fruit quality.