Pomegranate is a tropical fruit found in Asia. It can be eaten or extracted for its juice, which is known to be quite rich in antioxidants. Due to the demand for this fruit, you can probably find them along the fruit aisles at your local grocery or supermarket. The fruit itself is packed with seeds, which has given rise to the concept of planting and growing at home for its fruit yield and its aesthetics as a plant. If you are looking to grow your own pomegranate on your property, then here are some things that you should know.
- Dry before planting. If you extracted the seeds from the fresh fruit you purchased and will eat, then you will definitely want to know that you should never plant the seeds fresh and wet. For it to germinate perfectly, you will need to dry the seeds first. It will take you about a week to properly dry the seeds out. Once dry, they will be ready to plant.
- Prep the pot. Once the seeds have dried out, you can now plant it in a pot. Fill your planter or pot with potting soil thoroughly mixed with a good amount of compost. The soil should be packed tight for water retention and the planter should have good drainage. If possible, throw in a small amount of cactus potting soil as well for good measure. This can speed up the growing process of the seed.
- Grow until ready for transplant. Once the seeds have been planted, you will want to tend to them until seedlings sprout up. It should take about 2 weeks provided that you expose them to a lot of sunshine and feed them a lot of water, enough to moisten the soil but not too much to drown the seedling. Once the seedling reaches about 2 feet, which should take a couple of months, it will be ready for transplanting. Before it reaches the desired height, you will want to clip and prune to thin out the unhealthy parts of the plant.
- Transplant the seedling. Once the seedling reaches a height of about 2 feet or so, prepare the site where you want to transplant it to. This could be in ground or in another pot. If in another pot, you will definitely need a larger pot. If in ground, then make sure that there are no plants within a 5 to 7 inch radius. The soil should have the same mixture as that of the planter during germination. As you transplant the seedling, give it a good deal of water and make sure that it gets a good amount of sunshine on a daily basis.
Pomegranates can only really thrive in warm climates. Hence, only plant pomegranates if you live in a region with this type of climate. You may consider planting in zones 7 to 10 but know that you will not achieve maximum growth or yield. If you do risk it, make sure to keep your plant warm during the colder seasons in your area. This means placing them indoors in areas where sunlight can still connect to them.