Punica granatum arakta - Plant
Common name: pomegranate
Bloom time: July to August
Height: 6.00 to 20.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Plants fruit best in areas with long, hot and dry summers (90s F) and cooler winters. Water plants regularly. Remove root suckers as they develop. Root mulch helps control unwanted weed growth. Prune as needed in late winter. In St. Louis, plants may be grown in containers in a rich fertile soil mix.
Sunlight: full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Dry to medium
Fertilizer: apply any organic fertilizer
- Pomegranate is a multi-stemmed deciduous (evergreen in tropical areas) shrub or small tree that grows to 6-20â€™ (less frequently to 30â€™) tall.
- It has long been cultivated for its orange-sized edible fruit and its attractive ornamental plant features.
- Fruit interior is divided into compartments packed with fleshy, juicy, edible sacs (arils) that surround the seeds.
Where winter hardy, site in beds and borders. Specimen/accent. Hedge. Where not winter hardy, grow in containers.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
No serious insect or disease problems. Species plants require dry, somewhat arid conditions with temperatures in the mid 90s in order to produce fruit. Species plants will not produce any fruit when grown in areas such as St. Louis (although some cultivars such as â€˜Nanaâ€™ may fruit).
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