The Q&A Archives: Propagating Pomegranates

Question: My neighbor has two beautiful pomegranate "trees". Is it possible to propagate from them?

Answer: Probably the quickest method of propagation is through layering. Just bend one of the pomegranate stems to where it can meet a fresh pot of moist soil, make a wound on the bottom part of the stem where it makes contact with the soil, hold the wound open with a toothpick, cover the stem with soil, and anchor it in place. Roots will form on the wounded side of the stem, as long as you keep the soil moist. After it has rooted, you can cut the stem from the parent plant. You can layer a plant at most any time of the year. Since most of the growth takes place in spring and summer, you should expect it to take from 3 months to a full year for the layered stem to form roots.

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