Winter project: growing pomegranates from seeds

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 - 7:28am

If you live in zones 7-10, you can grow pomegranates. Pomegranate bushes need full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, they’re fairly drought-tolerant, which makes pomegranate well-suited for mild desert climates or drought conditions. It can take 3-5 years for your new plant to produce fruit, so lets get started now.

Bear in mind that many of the pomegranates you buy in the supermarket are hybrids and those seeds will probably not sprout or not produce fruits identical to the parent. If you know how to propagate plants through cuttings that might be better. But I don't know how, so anyone who wants to chime in on that in the comments, feel free.

Pomegranate seeds usually germinate pretty easily, and they can be started indoors over the winter for planting outside in the spring.

Here are tips I picked up online about planting pomegranate seeds:

  • It's best to start pomegranate seeds right now, indoors in mid-winter, so that they can have a couple of months to grow before spring planting season.
  • You scoop out some pomegranate seeds and rinse them in cool water, then rub them with a paper towel to remove pulp.
  • Then you let the seeds to dry out for a few days to keep them from rotting.
  • Nextr, you plant the seeds about ¼” deep in potting soil.
  • Place the pot in a sunny, warm window, and keep the soil moist as your pomegranate germinates and grows. Sout or eat-facing windows are best.
  • For added humidity and warmth during winter, you may find it helpful to cover the pot loosely with a clear plastic bag until the seeds have sprouted.
  • When the weather warms in spring, you can harden off the plants (take them outisde during the day, bring in at night) before moving them permanently outdoors. Wait until freezing weather has passed before planting your seedlings.



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