How to Grow Pomegranate Plants from Seed

Pomegranate fruit

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.

About Pomegranates

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.


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  1. I live in middle Tennessee. It snows in the winter and sometimes exceeds 100 degrees in the summer. I have fig trees and an avacado that survived last winter which was relative mild, although we had below freezing but none lower than 15 degrees. The avacado tree was dead down to 2 inches of the top of ground. It is sprouting and “leaving out”. The figs are all doing great and fully leaving out and growing new sprouts.

    • I apalagy I found your post very late.

      I am from a country with 4 seasons. During winter season we cover a tropical plants with hay bale to keep the trunk and the root warm. More gay bale better results.

    • It clearly says in the post that it can handle zones 7-10. If you have a greenhouse or grow indoors then yes you can grow anywhere in the world but that’s likely not what you’re asking.

  2. I live in Western Australia Thank you for helpful information about pomegranate I did plants 200 trees from the seeds of pomegranate it growing nicely.

  3. I live in Houston where we have mild winters and super hot summers. I was wondering if I could plant seeds in the Fall and move them indoors on extra cold days during the winter. I’ve purchased 2 plants this summer; one from a local nursery and one from Amazon. Both are doing well. I want to see if I can grow them from scratch now.

    • You live in Houston, you don’t have cold days in the winter! ?

      In all seriousness I would just go ahead and plant directly in the ground, just make sure you’ve mixed your soil with the right ingredients to make it as described in the article (well draining and the like).

  4. I appreciated your information that is straight and clear. I live in the desert and found out that the seeds I would like to have grow are suited to this zone, by using your links. Thank you.

  5. I live in central Florida, Found a pomegranate floating in the Indian River. Saved and planted 4 seeds, Got 4 plants – 2 survived. Have them in 6″ pots right now. Plants are about 18″ high. Will be setting them out very soon. Hope to get some fruit soon.

    • If by soon you mean a few years then sure, pomegranates don’t typically produce fruit for at least five years after planting.

  6. I live in Kenya where the sun shines almost throughout the year except for a few months beginning July but the temperatures are friendly. Can i grow pomegranate fruit?

  7. Can pomegranates be planted in Quartzsite, AZ, where it gets to around 125 in the summer and stays in triple digits 24-7?

  8. So I want to grow trees and I have done the first 2 things but can you tell me at what tempurature do I have to keep the seeds at to dry and for how long.

    • Hardening off is the process of taking a tender plant that has been grown indoors and gradually introducing the plant to the much more harsh environment outside. The few main things i can think of off the top of my head that can stress the tender plant are a more broad temperature spectrum, wind, and most importantly the sun. If grown in the shade for a time, even the most sun loving plants (i.e. cacti, desert palms, agave exct) will easily burn when being moved into a location with greater sun exposure. For this reason, always use caution, and the transition must always be gradule in order to avoid the plants from being stressed/burnt. Plants do not deal well with being sun burnt, and the results can easily be devastating or even fatal if the plants are young or small. The wind can also be devastating to even some types of mature plants, so use caution here as well, and transitioning your young plants from inside to outside will be simple and successful with no setbacks or damage.

  9. This article was extremely helpful. I live outdoors and have been ruminating over planting a pomegranate tree nearby where I stay so I can lure the birds in to keep me company while at the same time to create some camouflage. I tried a decade or so ago to plant some peaches and apricots but didn’t have any advice so I didn’t know that I had to sprout them in a refrigerator! -Cody

  10. I am not much of a gardener, actually not at all. but i love pom’s. my favorite fruit to eat. decided in october of 2015 to try and plant some seeds to see what would happen. took some seeds from one i was eating. i first got three (square) to-go containers from a restaurant (about 12 x 12 inches). put soil in them and planted a seed about 2 inches apart. left on my window and watered enough to keep the soil moist. when they started sprouting,i moved each one into a used yogurt cup with fresh soil. bought some lights at the hardware store, keep them under those for about 4 months (lights were on a timer, about 10 hours a day. Light was a 4 ft florescent full spectrum bulb). Did i forget to mention I had 60 that had sprouted. gave them all away except 10. its been about a year and 8 months since i first planted the seeds. My trees are all around 5 feet tall and one even produced a flower a few weeks ago. In case you are wondering my climate, i live in central Texas. If i can grow them without any knowledge on gardening or pom trees, then you can….depending on your climate…..and common sense.

  11. Pomegranate shrubs grow in climate zones 7-10. For those looking if you can grow a pomegranate, do an internet search for “climate zone map” and locate what zone you live. As with any fruit producing plant, make sure the plant is well fertilized in well drained soil.

    • Exactly, this is very important advice that will help anybody understand what types of plants grow best in their area. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thank you so much for this information provided, I had wanted to grow pomegranate for a while now but I don’t know how to go about it. Please I want to ask if I can grow pomegranate in Nigeria in West Africa

  13. @Foluke
    Yes you can! I just planted my pomegranate seeds that i got from
    and i live in Ghana. According to a website I found, Ghana is USDA Zone 11b but then particular places have different microclimates. And Nigeria is so close I’m presuming you’re also zone 11. And I personally don’t think maximum temperatures don’t really differ for zone 10 and 11b and we don’t have winters so go for it!

  14. I just sprouted one in about six days. It is January in Kentucky and I am using a window facing south for light. It is 1 inch tall now and I already repotted it on the third day. Should be ready to go out by mid May.

  15. I bought a large pomogranate with delicious purple arvils. I have seeds from these fruit but have been told that when growing a tree from seeds do not give the same original fruit. Should I try and find what orchard the pomogranate came from and grow a tree from cuttings or grafting a small tree that I already have but do not like the pomogranate that I have. Thank you.

    • If you can grow from cuttings that would almost always be ideal, the problem is that some plants don’t root cuttings well and some places won’t let you take cuttings. Pomegranates are relatively easy to root, it’s just a question of getting a hold of the cuttings.

  16. Hi there
    Before reading your website I sowed some pomegranate seeds in about April/May this year and to my surprise they sprouted. They are now about between 3 and 4 inches tall, they are all in the same pot.
    What I really need to know should I leave them outside for the Winter or should I bring them indoors (in case the frost/ice kills them. (as you site says to start them from seeds indoors at mid winter). I live in South Wales
    Thank you

  17. Thank you for this useful information along with questions/comments raised by several readers. I have a pomeg tree in my garden and bears fruit thats not very exciting. Probably it has grown very old or struck by some other problem because the fruit is small and not very tasty. To day, from our local market in Islamabad, I purchased some that are grown in the valley of swat. Very juicy and quite tasty.
    Following your instructions, I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks again.

    • since most plants don’t grow true to parent plant from seed, it’s likely just a hybrid that never tasted good to begin with. if you want to know that you’re getting a plant that has good taste, you should buy either a cutting or a grafted plant, that way you know with 100% certainty what type of fruit is going to grow from it.

  18. I am from India.. I plant a pomegranate tree. Now its growth large. It growth a flower. But the flower gets down. There is no fruit in the tree. What I want to do?

    • How long has it been growing? Typically pomegranates require at least five years or so befor they will actually produce fruit. several types of fruit trees also won’t produce fruit or keep the flowers alive if it’s too cold or they don’t get enough light, is it in full sun? And what temperature’s do you have throughout the year?

    • Google is your friend

      What is hardening?

      ““Hardening off” is the process of moving plants outdoors for a portion of the day to gradually introduce them to the direct sunlight, dry air, and cold nights. … Harden off gradually, so that seedlings become accustomed to strong sunlight, cool nights and less-frequent watering over a 7-10 day period.”

    • Yes..squeeze the juice and take the fleash off only keep the white seed tap dry with a paper napkin, then plant them. Or watch the videos on YouTube using the paper towel And zip bag method.

  19. I think you will need two different varieties to really get growing well , to maximize pollination. Although, many are self pollinating , even having two helps.

    • Agreed on multiple varieties increasing the chances of successful pollination, another thing to consider is that the pomegranate fruit has likely encountered plenty of cross pollination so even two seeds from the same fruit would likely be sufficient.

  20. I have 3 pomegranate trees over 7 feet tall and they were planted 2 years ago.
    They started producing fruit the first year but none of the 52 pomegranates survived because in Arizona the heat gets over 115 in the summer and they just split open while they were still green.
    The 2nd year they get the size of vaseballs but again they never matured because of the heat. They are all on a drip system for water but in the hot summer we always increase the amount of water our plants get.
    I grabbed a few just to make seeds and see if anything can be planted, it would be nice to see little trees or saplings grow

    • Growing from seeds you may not get good fruit. The seeds are likely cross pollinated so whatever fruit you get will be some random hybrid of two unknown pomegranate varieties. It might taste good it might taste horrible, you won’t know until you grow it and even seeds from the same fruit could end up growing completely different varieties of pomegranate trees because of the cross pollination.

  21. I live in West Virginia. Is it too late to start to plant the seeds if you plant directly in soil? I know it said to start seeds in mid winter – it gets very cold here in winter – I don’t try to grow plants during that time. It is hard enough to keep the house warm enough – even as insulated as we have it.

    • Hi, Denise,
      We suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association for the best recommendation tailored to your geographic area. Here’s where you can do that:
      Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
      Thanks for your question, and good luck!

  22. Am oge from Nigeria. I planted pomegranate using the seed. Is about some months old. I want to know the right fertilizer to use for it in order to fruit very well..

  23. TY so much for this great information. I am going to try this winter to grow them. I live in western PA about 28 miles from Pittsburgh, PA. We live probably between zone 6-7 it is hard to tell which zone weather can be harsh sometimes but I want to try to grow them., I have been a gardener for 50 years off and on. This is a first for growing a pom., any suggestions would be welcome. TY again so much

  24. My question is, once the sprouts are planted in one pot and they start to grow into plants, can I then transplant them all into one huge pot? Or does each plant need its own pot into a tree? Cos I really don’t want 4 trees!

  25. Thank you for the useful post, however, I have a 1 year pomegranate tree grown from seed and it has just started flowering this year. I think the more sun exposure the faster it fruits.


  26. I planted the anthers of a pomegranate 2 months ago,and it’s growing well,but i think shapes of the leaves are a little different from which i saw on the internet :O
    Is it ok to grow pomegranate from anthers? !

    • Hi, Foojan,
      The rules of gardening vary by region. You didn’t include the location, so we suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association.
      Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
      Good luck!


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