Pomegranate Tree



pomegranates on tree Pomegranate TreeFor many, planting a pomegranate tree in their backyard is something on their “to-do” list. Having a wonderful and health beneficial pomegranate tree can be a great thing.

However, if you are planning on planting a pomegranate tree, take notice that the tree is best grown in hot, Mediterranean climates. Fortunately, you don’t need a large amount of space for a pomegranate tree. These usually tend to grow about 4 or 5 meters high and are ideal for a small backyard.

If you have some free time or love gardening and taking care of your plants, then a pomegranate tree might well be for you. While growing this tree may not be difficult compared to other plants, it does require maintenance and care. Keep an eye on your pomegranate tree and take out dead stems… pruning around the end of the cold season.

The branches of the pomegranate tree are not short. They should grow in an downward arch. Keeping the pomegranate tree free of fruit flies and pests is a bit of work as well, but its worth all the care in the end.

Two great reasons to consider planting a tree: For the health benefits of the pomegranate fruit or because the tree looks wonderful and is a great natural decor to your backyard.

Plant trees 6 to 8 feet apart. Dig a hole larger than the planting container. Break up the soil around the planter. Place the container in the hole so that the top of it is sitting roughly at ground level. Fill in the space around the planting container…then pile it up higher and pack it down to get rid of gaps and air holes. Hopefully, the tree will produce fruit in the second year. Pick the fruit off immediately and let the tree put all its energy into growth rather than production.

You’ll know when the tree has not yet reached fruit-bearing maturity because, until then, it will flower and then drop the flowers instead. Pomegranates ripen in the fall (between early August and late September). When the fruit has reached full color, pick one off and open it up. If there are fully-colored seeds and juice inside…then it’s reached ripeness.

common misspellings: pomagranate, pomegranat, pomegranite, pomegrante, pomegrenate, pomengranate, pomerantz, pommegranite, pomogranate

Comments

37 Responses to “Pomegranate Tree”

  1. dante cioci on July 20th, 2008 9:45 pm

    what kind of fertilizer do i use for a pomagranat tree

  2. admin on July 20th, 2008 10:07 pm

    According to the University of Arizona’s “Backyard Gardener”:

    “Nitrogen fertilizer can enhance fruit quality and plant vigor. Young trees should receive about two pounds of 8-8-8 or similar analysis fertilizer in November and March. Mature trees can use twice this amount applied at the same times.”

  3. Miriam on July 23rd, 2008 6:34 pm

    Im three months pregnant and I’ve been craving pomegranates fruit like crazy, where can I find them?? In California.

  4. admin on July 24th, 2008 1:26 pm

    Your best bet is probably a “Whole Foods”-style store. Good luck with the cravings! ;-)

  5. donalene brady on July 24th, 2008 3:40 pm

    my trees produce large double blossoms and then they drop leaving few or no fruit, what can i do ?

  6. admin on July 24th, 2008 5:11 pm

    Donalene,

    You might find some help on this in this interesting thread:

    http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/calif/msg0610583322787.html

    Good luck!

  7. Marty on August 8th, 2008 2:03 pm

    I have several pomegranate trees that I have grown from seed in Miami, Fl. They are approximately two years old. They have always been grown in pots as I do not yet have a yard (36 in pot), and are approximately 6ft tall currently. The plants are healthy and continually have new growth (limbs) on them. How long can I continue to grow them in pots before they have negative health consequences?

  8. Eddie on August 30th, 2008 6:54 pm

    We have a very mature Pomegranite tree in our back yard. It produces plenty of fruit every year but the fruit is VERY bitter. Does anyone know if there is anything we can do to help the tree produce a sweeter tasting fruit?
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

  9. valeria on September 16th, 2008 1:00 am

    where is the pomegranate tree found?????

  10. Valleri on October 13th, 2008 12:05 am

    When starting from a seed, how long does it take for a tree to produce fruit?

  11. sherry reel on December 3rd, 2008 12:54 am

    my mother had a tree in her backyard, she wanted the pom cut down. the limb scraped her sons arm, he ended up at the emergency room . was told the pom tree is poisonous. is this true?

  12. TREVI GIRLS on January 1st, 2009 8:52 pm

    we love pomagrants love the trevi girls!!!!
    J-E-A!!! :)

  13. Nina on May 11th, 2009 10:35 pm

    I got a pomegranate tree today at Lowes! I am very excited! Not sure where I want to plant it in the yard yet. Would it be okay to live it in a big pot for the summer? What time of year should I start seeing fruit on the tree?

  14. ibrahim on May 22nd, 2009 11:52 am

    I live in the northenmost tip of Qatar. I planted a pomegrante tree about a year or so ago and it hasn’t grown at all! the leaves are still green but there hasn’t been any visible growth. The climate in Qatar is very hot, humid in summer and mild in the winter (no frost). Is this the wrong climate for the tree? I am very near Iran where these trees have been successfully cultivated for thousands of years. What should I do?

  15. phyllis on June 11th, 2009 8:38 pm

    I brought a house with a pomegranate tree. It grew very pretty but the fruit has black spots and will not get ripe on the inside. it is very close to the house.are the roots damaged by being to close. I can’t eat them at all.

  16. dante cioci on June 21st, 2009 9:58 am

    if you want to sweeten you pomgrt trees fruit add sugar when u eat it

  17. dante cioci on June 21st, 2009 10:03 am

    you can grow any tree in a pot if you feed it and to make it bloom feed it 20 20 20 bloom booster evey three months.the pot will split after awhile then give it a bigger pot .this can go on several years with plenty of fruit

  18. RON on June 28th, 2009 5:40 pm

    CAN I GROW POMAGRANATE TREES IN HOUSTON TEXAS ?

  19. everet on July 24th, 2009 3:32 pm

    how to prevent bloom drop of pomegranate trees

  20. Myint Thein on August 7th, 2009 8:26 am

    where is the pomegranate seed found I want to sweeten fruit when they reap fruit body is green color not red fruit seed is soft

  21. Linda Birkitt on August 30th, 2009 9:57 am

    I just planted my first pomegrannate tree. What pests do I look for besides the Leaf Footed Bug and how do I get rid of them all? In the past we have been given pomegrannates from a friend, so we make jelly with the fruit. I have a good jelly receipe if anyone wants it. Just prepare to be in old clothes when you make the jelly as it is very messy and stains do not come out to my knowledge.

  22. mahdi on September 2nd, 2009 8:37 am

    I would like to grow pomegranate trees in a garden that it`s soil has EC about 1.7 to 3.7 & PH about 7.5 to 8.5 .
    what can i do ?
    thank you very much .

  23. samantha ryan on November 7th, 2009 11:28 pm

    how long does it take before a pomegranate tree produces?

  24. ashley johnson on January 6th, 2010 11:17 am

    omg i luv them idk you could make juice like dat wowwwww!

  25. Gary on March 20th, 2010 6:56 pm

    I have a pomegranate tree and get lots of fruit. This spring it seems to be sprouting suckers from the branches. Shoul I trim them or will they be OK?

  26. Ramdas on March 20th, 2010 11:21 pm

    kindly state the reasons for pomegranate flowers drop inspite of good disease & pest control, supllied required fertilisers.

  27. cheryl on April 2nd, 2010 4:20 pm

    I planted a pomegranate tree purchased from Lowes in my back yard in Casa Grande, Az. in February there are still no leaves, but the branches seems to be alive and not brittle. When should they get leaves. Is there any hope for this tree or should I get a replacement. comments please

  28. Victoria on April 7th, 2011 1:35 pm

    I was wondering how long it takes after planting for my pomegranate tree to bear fruit

  29. Virgie on April 17th, 2011 5:38 pm

    I have had a pomegranate tree for about four years now. Each year the tree blooms many,many single flowers in beautiful orange color, but when the flowers fall and the pomegranate is formed, the small pomegranate falls soon after. The tree is loaded with hundreds of blooms right now. The tree itself looks very healthy. What could be the problem? The area Lake Charles, LA.

  30. Andrea on April 30th, 2011 11:49 am

    Eddie–you probably have a very bitter tasting variety(nothing to be done if that’s the case), or perhaps your climate isn’t hot enough to bring up the sugar in your pomegranate as it ripens. Some varieties like Sweet or Eversweet are better suited to cooler summer climates.

    Some others have commented on flower drop–it happens on all fruit trees for a variety of reasons. But on poms maybe your tree isn’t old enough to bear fruit yet? Poms usually start bearing fruit in 3 to 5 years after planting.

  31. Mrs. Faraz on May 12th, 2011 6:49 am

    How do i use Pomegranate dry flowers in pregnancy? Some one suggested me eating in pregnancy helps to make fairer complexion of Baby. Kindly comments on how should i use? Either in breakfast? or with water, milk etc.?? The person suggested me for eating also doesn’t know its usage :-(

  32. Anisa on September 15th, 2011 10:13 am

    We’ve just planted a Wonderful pomegranate tree this summer (2011). How do we train it to grow into a tree? At present, it’s very short, the longest extension being about 24″, and there are about 18 extensions. Do we stake it? Help!

  33. Albert on October 30th, 2011 9:52 am

    My pomegranate tree is 3 years old and now overwhelmed with blossoms, some open flowers and some still budding.
    With last year’s fruit, 90% of them were inedible as when opening, Somehow worms ( about 1/4 inch) got in and rotted the inside. What spray can I use and when? I have no idea what fly or butterfly lays the eggs and where. In the flower? or in the green base of the flower that becomes the fruit, after the petals have shriveled up?

  34. Lynn George on December 1st, 2011 9:12 pm

    Does pomigrants fruit caause blood to get thick

  35. greg on December 13th, 2011 6:37 pm

    have a beautiful tree that produces many fruit.our problem is that the fruit tends to be bitter.we live in northern ca. and as such dont have a really warm climate.is there anything that i can do for next years production.thanks

  36. Wendy on September 21st, 2012 1:28 pm

    My pomegrante tree is huge how do I prune without damage?

  37. Spyros Mouroutis on October 22nd, 2012 9:02 am

    I am in Athens and I have a very nice pomegranate tree which has produced a lot of fruits. But most of the fruits have been affected by disease making them internally rotten. How I can protect the tree

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