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NancyYbarra
Feb 3, 2018 5:12 PM CST
Where do I cut a piece of pomegranate tree to start a new tree?
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Feb 3, 2018 8:14 PM CST
NancyYbarra said:Where do I cut a piece of pomegranate tree to start a new tree?


I don't know the answer, but there is a member here on NGA that grows them and I'm pretty sure he will know the answer. So @ediblelandscapingsc should see this response, I think. Maybe he will chime in.
Donald
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 4, 2018 8:13 AM CST
I'm not sure on rooting a cutting, but I do know a faster way.
Air Layer. It's not hard. All you need is a plastic bag, twist ties, knife, and some damped soil.
Google it.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Feb 8, 2018 9:02 PM CST
Thanks Donald,
@NancyYbarra Your cuttings should be 6-8 inches long and can be from 1 or 2 year old wood. Dormant wood works best and should be kept in a bag with a damp paper towel and stored in your fridge until ready to root. plant the cuttings so only 1 bud is above the soil line and make sure the cuttings are planted right side up. In a few weeks you should start seeing some growth. you can start 5 or 6 cuttings in a 3 or 5 gallon nursery pot and get great results but don't try to transplant them to quickly. Let them get established first and transplant next winter. Pomegranates root fairly easily but applying rooting hormone will encourage faster root development.
Phillip is right layering is an easy way to propagate plants but many people lose the plants due to transpiration after removing the plant using the plastic bag method. There often isn't enough root system to support the plant once removed from the mother plant. Instead take a 3 or 5 gallon nursery pot shove a limb at the base of the plant through one of the drainage wholes. Scratch some bark from the part of the limb that will be under the soil and apply rooting hormone. Then fill the pot with potting soil and water as you would any other potted plant. Using mulch in the pot helps conserve some water. let the pot sit untouched for the first year, don't move the pot, tug on the plant, check for roots, ect just keep it watered. Remove the new plant from the mother plant in late winter. This will give you a larger plant faster with a more developed root system then rooting cuttings or airlayering using the bag method. I hope this helps. Good luck and keep us updated.
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