Pomegranate Growing Guide

Soil

Well-drained alkaline soil.

Position

Sunny, sheltered spot. In cooler climates grow under cover to ensure fruiting. Requires lots of heat to ripen fruits. Pomegranates are self-fertile, so single plants fruit well.

Frost tolerant

Pomegranates tolerate cold to 10°F (-12°C).

Feeding

Fertilize with a balanced organic fertilizer in November and March.

Companions

Coreopsis, Lavender, Cosmos, Zinnia, Sunflower and Nasturtium. Pomegranates grow into tall, dense shrubs that shade out other plants.

Spacing

Single Plants: 9′ 10″ (3.00m) each way (minimum)
Rows: 9′ 10″ (3.00m) with 9′ 10″ (3.00m) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out plants grown from rooted cuttings in late winter or early spring. Named cultivars such as ‘Wonderful’ produce better than pomegranates grown from seeds.

Notes

Prune outdoor plants in spring, and indoor plants in early winter. Remove dead, broken or crossing branches as well as any suckers that have appeared at the base of the plants.

Harvesting

Harvest when ripe, which is usually in early fall. The fruit stores well in the refrigerator.

Troubleshooting

Pomegranates often do not start bearing until they are five years old.