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Flowerdale Nursery & Landscaping

Pomegranates

Pomegranates have become very popular in recent times because of the high antioxidant content in the juice. The fruit is one of the easiest fruits to grow in the home garden. Pomegranates are perfectly adapted to grow in Southern Californian gardens. These trees come from the Mediterranean region & parts of Asia. They are deciduous trees that perform best in sunny warm summer climates. The plants tolerate harsh growing conditions (they even thrive in the desert).  Pomegranate trees are not recommended for containers as the extensive root system needed to produce quantity & quality fruit cannot be easily achieved.  Pomegranates have a shallow but extensive root system that is relatively hungry.

What Pomegranates Like

Exposure:  Pomegranates demand full sun in order to produce good quality fruit.  They tolerate hot windy exposed conditions & slopes.  Pomegranates are fairly hardy plants tolerating extremes of hot & cold.  They grow well in Southern California in USDA zones 7 & 10 as well as Sunset zones 10 through 24

Soil:  Pomegranates can grow in relatively poor soil. This is achieved because the plants are shallow rooted & nutrients can be absorbed quickly.  As with all fruit trees the addition of organic compost to the soil makes a big difference on improving the quantity & quality of fruit.

Irrigation: In most of Orange County established Pomegranate trees need watering two to three times a month (March through October). In the winter, water once a month only if rains fail. Established Pomegranate trees tolerate drought well.

Diet: Fertilize with organic granular fertilizers.  We recommend Dr. Earth Organic Fruit Tree Fertilizer.  Adding a layer of organic compost once or twice a year as mulch is key to growing a happy healthy tree.   Pomegranates can benefit from feedings once a season (once every three months).

Pruning:  Pomegranates must be trained so that they conform to an architecture that promotes health & vigor. It is best to prune Pomegranates when they are leafless in winter. We want a tree with an open structure with a dense canopy of foliage but an uncluttered crown of branches. Remove all dead & crossing branches whenever noticed. Protect the graft union & remove any suckers that sprout below it.

Harvesting:  Harvest fruit when they are slightly soft & have achieved their “full color” often turning a red color. Pomegranates are best harvested fresh & ripe from the tree. The fruit should be easily removed from the stem when ripe & be slightly soft.

Varieties

Wonderfull

Grenada

Eversweet

White

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