Fruit and Vegetables

Khaki exposure

Question: Should I move my khaki plant?

in my garden (mine only a few months ago) last autumn a vanilla kako was planted in a position that takes little sun from October to March and nothing December and January because it is covered by the house. I have to move it or I can hope it will bear fruit even if late as the old landlord tells me? Thanks.

Khaki exposure: Answer: khaki and the sun

Gentile Sandro,
Your khaki plant is likely to receive very little sun, too little; if you live in an area with mild winters, at least you won't have the problem of excessive cold, which the khaki fear enough; but due to flowering, fruiting and proper fruit ripening, correct exposure to direct sunlight is essential. If, however, your tree receives a good insolation from March until October, I think it can easily bring some fruit to maturity.
In fact, if the plant is recently home, you will find out if it needs more sun only over the next few years. If you have a sunnier garden area, and can hold a small tree, I suggest you move your khaki immediately, so that from the first year you will receive the correct amount of sun you need.
Kaki (the botanical name is dyospiros kaki) are small trees originating in central southern China, where they have been cultivated for millennia; in Europe they were introduced already in the 700; they are resistant plants, which do not fear the cold too much, also because during the cold months they are in complete vegetative rest.
However, excesses of humidity do not love, especially in the ground, and even in winter; therefore the position in little sun can favor the accumulation of water in the soil, which can remain moist for several weeks, favoring the development of rot of the root system.
There are many varieties of khaki grown in Italy; the major cultivation areas are Sicily and Emilia Romagna; two very different territories. In fact the diospiro is a plant that lives very well in the Mediterranean climate, in order to breed it even in areas with harsh winters more resistant rootstocks have been chosen, so that the plants can withstand winter temperatures even lower than -12 / -15 ° C.
Typically, in traditional varieties, the khaki fruits are not edible at the time of harvest, as they have an excessively hard pulp, and an astringent taste, completely inedible.
Generally this happens because most of the cultivated khaki once produces only parthenocarpic fruits, that is, fruits that swell and develop even when the flower has not been pollinated. In traditional varieties these fruits must be dried, in order to be consumed.
There are varieties that produce both parthenocarpic fruits (and therefore astringents at the time of harvest) and fruits due to pollination (sweets already at the time of harvest, even if they are hard and compact, with yellow flesh); then there are varieties that are common only in the last decades that produce non-astringent parthenocarpic fruits, and are called kaki mela or kaki vaniglia.