Pomegranate

Pomegranate

The pomegranate is a fruit bearing shrub or small tree that averages 5m in height and is native to western Asia and northern India. It is a rather handsome specimen, displaying glossy green foliage, gorgeous scarlet flowers and round edible fruits that have tough, leathery skin which is typically yellow overlaid with light or deep pink or rich red. Fruits are somewhat between an orange and a grapefruit in size. The fruits interior is separated by membranous walls and white, spongy, bitter tissue into compartments packed with sacs that are filled with juicy, sweet red, pink or whitish pulp.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Position in the sunniest, warmest part of your garden for the best fruit. Plants will grow in partial shade.

    The pomegranate prefers a semi-arid, mild temperate to subtropical climate, enjoying locations that offer cool winters and hot summers.

    Performs best on well drained, calcerous or acidic loam. But will tolerate a wide variety of soils.

    Pomegranate is very drought hardy.

    Tolerates moderate saline water and soil conditions.

    Water new plants at least fortnightly until properly established.

    A humid climate can adversely affect fruit formation.

    High temperatures are essential during the fruiting period to achieve the best quality of fruits.

    Plants may require staking until the stem becomes strong enough to support itself.

    Extreme summer heat can cause sunburn injury on fruit.

    Suggested distances between plants is 5.5 - 6m.

    Select several shoots arising from the upper half of the tree to provide the main framework. Prune to remove excess growth, weak or dead branches.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young - Mature Trees

    Recommended Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser (or) Dinofert Standard Pellets

     

    Year 1

    Early-Mid Spring: 500g
    Late Summer:  500g

    Year 2

    Early-Mid Spring: 750g
    Late Summer:  750g

    Year 3

    Early-Mid Spring: 1kg
    Late Summer:  1kg

    Year 4

    Early-Mid Spring: 1.5kg
    Late Summer:  1.5kg

    Year 5

    Early-Mid Spring: 2kg
    Late Summer:  2kg

    Year 6+

    Early-Mid Spring: 2.5kg
    Late Summer:  2.5kg

    Comments: Your pomegranate may require additional applications of zinc sulphate if plants are grown on alkaline sandy soils. Some supplementing with manganese and iron sprays may also be of need. 

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.