Can I grow a pomegranate from seed? -Sandy
You sure can! Pomegranate seeds usually germinate pretty easily, and they can be started indoors over the winter for planting outside in the spring.
Keep in mind, though, that many pomegranates in the grocery store are hybrids, which means that their seeds may not produce fruits identical to the parent. If you want to ensure the same type of fruit, you’re better off propagating the plants through cuttings.
Follow these tips to plant pomegranate seeds:
- For best results, start pomegranate seeds indoors in mid-winter, so that they can have a couple of months to grow before spring planting season.
- Simply scoop out some seeds and rinse them in cool water, then rub them with a paper towel to remove the pulp.
- Allow the seeds to dry for a few days to keep them from rotting.
- Plant the seeds no more than ¼” deep in lightweight, seed-starting potting soil.
- Put the pot in a sunny, warm window, and keep the soil moist as your seeds germinate and grow.
- For added humidity and warmth during winter, you may find it helpful to cover the pot loosely with a clear plastic bag until the seeds have sprouted.
- When the weather warms in spring, you can begin gradually hardening off the plants before moving them permanently outdoors. Even though mature plants can handle some cold, wait until freezing weather has passed before planting your seedlings.
Pomegranate bushes grow in zones 7-10, and they need full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, they’re fairly drought-tolerant, making pomegranate well-suited for mild desert climates. It may take 3-5 years for your new plant to produce fruit.
- Growing Pomegranates (Backyard Gardener)
- How To Grow Pomegranates from Seed (gardenguides.com)
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