Hi I’m Tricia an organic gardener I grow
organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding
experience. In english this is a pomegranate in Spanish it’s called a granada and some people think that since its an ancient fruit the city of Granada in Spain may be
named after it. It’s a super food thats rich in
antioxidants. Let’s plant a pomegranate tree, I’ll show you how. Pomegranate trees are very container
adaptable and there often used as landscape or patio trees
because of their dark green foliage and beautiful orange flowers. Many varieties of pomegranates are
hardy down to ten degrees fahrenheit and can be grown USDA zones 7b to
12. Pomegranates are most productive in
arid climates but they will grow in tropical and sub-topical climates like
Florida and Hawaii. Ideally you’ll plant a pomegranate in heavy loamy soil. However, they’ll tolerate anything from
sandy, all the way to clay. I’m planting mine in
a Peaceful Valley potting soil and I’m using a smart pot. Pomegranates need at least six hours of sunlight
a day. Find a nice sunny spot in your yard to plant your tree. These smart pots were originally designed for tree nurseries and they last about three to five years which is
perfect ’cause that’s about how often you should repot your trees. Plant pomegranates in late winter or
early spring just slide them out of the sleeve and your going to want to wash off about the first inch of soil. This helps the roots get established. Plant the tree to about the same level it was
planted in the nursery. Water the tree right after planting and it should be happy in this pot for about three to five years after that I’ll repot it. I’m going to train my pomegranate as a small tree. to train as a tree snip off any branches
that come off the tree lower than one foot. Scaffolding branches are the big main
branches of the tree like these. Ideally you want five to seven symmetrically
placed scaffolding branches. This will help your tree form a strong
compact structure. If your tree doesn’t have these nice
scaffolding branches you want to do a heading cut at about two to two and
a half feet. Next winter i’m going to head back these
scaffolding branches by about three-fifths. If you live in the coldest of pomegranate
growing zones, zone 7b, you should probably train
it as a multi-trunk or shrub. That way if there is a very cold frost you
probably won’t lose the whole tree. Pomegranates fruit on new wood so the
annual maintenance you should do is cutback any deadwood, or thin out the middle and cut the suckers. You also want to head them back lightly
just to encourage the new fruiting wood. Pomegranate trees are very drought
tolerant once they’re established but you should still water them in the
summer every two to four weeks. That will help fruit production. Proper irrigation can also help prevent
the fruit from splitting in the fall. Fertilize with a balanced fruit tree fertilizer in February, May and September and give it about one ounce for every foot
of tree. You can juice them like an orange, or you can take the seeds out and
put them in salads or as a dessert topping, however you like them make sure you plant one and organic for life!