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Mount Orab, Ohio, zone 6a
Jan 8, 2018 2:25 PM CST
I just planted two red Russian pomegranate bushes before our deep freeze in zone 6a. the plant is supposed to be able to handle our winters, ohio, but I am worried as we have just had a week of -3 F, I have them planted against east side of our house and they are mulched with straw and we have a hoop with some clear plastic, but not enclosed, over them to try to shelter them from the wind, will these really be ok? do you know if anyone else has had luck with these?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jan 8, 2018 7:42 PM CST

"these" what? Hoop houses? Pomegranite trees? Confused
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Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jan 9, 2018 12:53 AM CST
@cnichols38 I just did a little research, and if they're dormant and don't have new growth on them, they will have a better chance of surviving the cold. Of course, this weather is pushing the limits, but from what I read they can handle temps down to 5 degrees. I know you had temps below that, but I bet they'll make it, as long as they're dormant.

Plus, what I read, is that you can prune them pretty aggressively in late winter after danger of frost is over. Although, you probably won't want to prune them this year, since they're newly pruned probably, what that tells me is that if they end up with apparent damage once they start greening out over the summer, you can prune them down next winter to remove the dead stuff, and they'll keep growing. And you can just reshape them as they grow, if necessary.

I have never grown one myself. They're actually blooming here right now. The blooms are so pretty. I can remember my Mom giving us kids a pomegranate and sending us outside to sit on the curb where we could spit the seeds - after changing into something that could get ruined by the juice stains LOL. Happy California childhood memories.
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Mount Orab, Ohio, zone 6a
Jan 9, 2018 6:08 AM CST
Thank you, our coldest here in Ohio averages the teens, but for this last week we have been unusually frigid, I have tried to give them as much protection as possible, thank you for answering my question, I will keep my fingers crossed
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Jan 9, 2018 10:10 AM CST
One more thing...being planted next to the house would make a warmer microclimate. Let us know what happens with these and good luck! I miss mom's pomegranate. I, too, was sent outside to enjoy this snack. Lovey dubby
Mount Orab, Ohio, zone 6a
Jan 9, 2018 11:26 AM CST
I was thrilled when I found a variety that said it could be grown in zone 6a, I am already pushing the boundaries with an Olympia fig, which seems to do fine here and ARP rosemary that so far has done ok but these are smaller and I can cover them completely in the winter, the pomegranate bushes were about 4feet tall so we had to come up with other solutions
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jan 11, 2018 12:52 PM CST
Agent C38 🕵️ : 😀😀😀 lol
I bet they'll be OK. 👍
Being such extreme cold , you could of filled plastic chimney up with straw for extra protection. Just something to think of, for future. 👍

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