Dwarf Pomegranate - Knowledgebase Question

Johnston, SC
Question by nancypruitt
August 15, 2005
I have a dwarf pomegranate that I purchased from a nursery this year. I have no idea how old it is. It stands about 2 feet tall. It is full of blooms at this time. Can I expect fruit this year and what can I do to guarantee fruit?


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Answer from NGA
August 15, 2005

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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. Dwarf trees grow about 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide and produce orange-red flowers in the spring, and set fruit that matures in late summer or early autumn. If yours is flowering now, it may be an ornamental Pomegranate, rather than one that sets fruit. Only time will tell. Pomegranates tolerate average to alkaline soil and will adapt to growing in containers. The best time to transplant trees and shrubs is during the cooler months of spring or fall, when natural rainfall is abundant. Good luck with your pomegranate!

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