The Q&A Archives: Pruning Pomegranates

Question: We have two pomegranate bushes that are Approx. 10 ft tall. They have never been trimmed or prunned. Would you suggest a proper method of prunning? Both plants had a nice crop which we have already harvested.

Answer: Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a deciduous tree or shrub that grows best in full sunshine and needs very little water once established. The leaves are narrow, begin with a bronzy color, turn glossy bright green in summer, and may turn yellow in the autumn months. 'Wonderful' is the best known fruiting pomegranate. It grows to about 10' tall , has a fountain-shape, produces orange-red flowers about 4" acrossin the spring, and sets fruit that matures in late summer or early autumn. Pomegranates tolerate average to alkaline soil. Pomegranates don't need regular pruning, but you can prune to contain the size, if you want the keep them smaller than they would grow naturally. To keep your pomegranate from spreading, prune out shoots that form at the base. To keep height in check, trim back the current season's shoots in the winter, after the leaves have fallen. And prune out any dead wood. Enjoy the harvest!

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