All About Growing Pomegranate
Throughout this article we will examine all you need to know about growing Pomegranate. Many people inquire into how to grow the popular Pomegranate shrubs in order to add them to their landscape. Not only is the shrub an excellent decoration to any house, but also the plant produces fruits that may have great health benefits. These plants are native to Europe and Asia and do amazingly well in full sun exposure. Keep reading below to learn more about growing Pomegranate.
These shrubs are among some of the easiest plants to maintain due to their unlikelihood of developing diseases or attracting detrimental pests of all sorts. Botanists frequently refer to these plants as Punica granatum, which is their scientific name; however, almost everyone else knows them as Pomegranate. In terms of size, the shrub can grow anywhere from three feet to thirty feet; however, most are somewhere around fifteen. These plants are round in shape and contain fruits that are very high in antioxidants, making them great for human consumption. The fruit can be anywhere between two and five inches in diameter. The blooms are in the shape of a tube and are a shade of red. In terms of foliage, they appear very polished and are narrow. Believe it or not, these leaves can be evergreen if in a relatively warm climate.
Anyone growing Pomegranate shrubs should be conscious of their plant hardiness zone. For best results, these plants do best in zones seven to ten. In terms of sun exposure, the Pomegranate thrives in full sun; however, it can also do well in partial shade. Ideally, the more sun the better. Unlike most plants that may scorch and rot in full sun, this shrub thrives off of sun exposure.
It is recommended that the surrounding soil to be well drained when growing pomegranate shrubs. However, the plant is relatively tolerant of minor levels of drought. Furthermore, it does not appear to be too specific in terms of pH level preference, doing pretty well in not only acidic but also alkaline soil. Be sure to water at least biweekly until full maturation. Note that irrigation may be necessary to successfully produce the desired fruit.
Although this plant is relatively low in terms of maintenance, it is highly recommended that you use organic fertilizer sometime around the months of March as well as November at least for the first two years after planting. After it matures the need for fertilization drastically declines. Be sure to prune the plant as it appears to be needed.
Although when growing pomegranate you do not have to worry too much about diseases, the shrub does attract a few different creatures. Hummingbirds absolutely love this shrub due to the scarlet blooms it produces. Believe it or not, some deer may even try to eat the leaves if you are extremely close to the woods. Other invaders may include scale and mealy bugs. However, the plant is one of the easiest fruit-producing plants to care for with these issues being absolutely minimal and rarely problematic.
In conclusion, anyone looking into growing Pomegranate should rest assured that it should not be very problematic. Not only is this plant not picky in terms of soil or even sun exposure, but also it is fairly resistant to diseases and does not have huge pest issues. It is recommended that this shrub be planted in well-drained soil in an area with access to plenty of sun. Be sure to fertilize until full maturation and use irrigation to ensure proper production of the desired Pomegranate fruit. All in all, this shrub makes an excellent addition to any landscape as long as the climate is warm.