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Pomegranate Tree Southwest

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The Pomegranate tree (Punica granatm ‘Wonderful’) is an excellent fruit tree for the southwest. It does provide great vitamin C type fruit. It is deciduous (loses leaves in winter) in the southwest. According to many online and offline gardening experts, it is considered a “Super Food”  rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants.  It is a drought-tolerant fruit tree and responds well to pruning and can be used as an ornamental tree.

It is best suited in Mediterranean style gardens but will look good in a Xeriscape or desert style garden as it is drought tolerant once it becomes established.

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The Pomegranate Flower

It will bloom bright beautiful orange like blooms in early spring..which will become large delicious edible fruit. It will grow to about 25ft. tall and 15ft. wide.  Plant them in the front yard for a spectacular show or orange flowers in early spring.

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How to grow a Pomegranate tree.

Water the first 30 days every day after initial planting. Then cut back to about 2-3 times per week for a good healthy tree. Do not overwater or fertilize before harvest.  As this may spilt the outer skin surface of the fruit.  It is a very hardy tree that will survive drought conditions and poor soil. When you do fertilize be sure to use a good fruit tree fertilizer.

How to grow a Pomegranate tree
Grow a pomegranate tree and produce dark red pomegranate fruit.

Where do Pomegranate trees grow?

Just about any place where they can get lots of sun and plenty of water.  Their growing USDA zone is 7-11.  They like warm semi-arid climate this is perfect for the southwest landscape.  Plant them in full sun, however, they can tolerate some shade preferably afternoon shade.  It’s important to note that they will need at least 6 hrs. of full sun anything less than that and you will have less fruit.

When To Prune The Pomegranate

Prune The Wonderful Pomegranate in late winter or early spring. Be sure to remove crossing and dead branches. Color Your World Nurseries located in Las Cruces NM, will always have this type of tree year-round.

Dwarf Pomegranate Shrub

The dwarf variety is a showy shrub that is planted in a container of any size. It is deer resistant and only gets about 3-4ft. tall. The blooms are spectacularly bright.  It is a showy shrub that will look good in a decorative container.  It is deer resistant and only gets about 3-4 ft. tall. The blooms are bright orange and a spectacular sight during the spring seasons.  Learn more about the dwarf pomegranate at monrovia.com. 

 

The Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice

According to Healthyline.com, pomegranate juice has a number of potential health benefits.  Here is a list.

  1. Antioxidants
  2. Alzheimer’s disease protection
  3. Aids in Digestion
  4. Anti-inflammatory
  5. Arthritis

When to plant Pomegranate?

Spring is a great time to plant your pomegranate tree.  It will take a few years before it will start producing a good harvest. They will normally ripen in about September.  Do not let them over-ripen as this will also make them split.

Planting several along in a row will provide a nice border to keep traffic or people from entering the area.  The large branches and stems appear to have large thorns.

Problems with the Pomegranate tree

It is a hardy tree and is disease and insect resistant.  It loves the dry hot season, especially in the Southwest.  Alternaria fruit rot will attack the Pomegranate fruit but typically happens where there is ample rainfall.  If this does occur on your tree a copper fungicide will alleviate the problem.  Learn more about diseases and insects on plants.

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