Remove the pomegranate transplant from its pot and rinse the root ball with a garden hose to remove an inch or two of potting soil from around the root ball. Additional Winter Care for Pomegranate Trees. Prune out any dead or damaged limbs in the late winter. These arils are the edible part of the fruit and are its seeds surrounded by sweet, juicy pulp. I like food that you have to work at a little to get to. Height up to 4-5m. During the first two years of the tree’s growth, feed in November, February, and May, and thereafter fertilize only in November and February. In fact, it grows well in different types of soil, as long as there is no drainage problem. Follow the above tips, and within two years, you’ll have delicious pomegranate fruit of your own that last as long as apples (up to seven months!) Become a care taker for Wonderful Pomegranate! This helps keep the soil moist and blocks weed growth while also shielding the pomegranate tree from fluctuating day and night temperatures. of 10-10-10. Mature trees seem to set and hold fruit better than younger trees. They are relatively hardy and will bear fruit within the second year. Always apply water at the pomegranate plant's base rather than getting its foliage wet; this helps reduce the risk of fungus diseases. Aim for a pH between 5.5 and 7.2. If you want a short version, choose the 'Nana' variety. The pomegranate tree (Punica granatum) is a Mediterranean native that can reach heights of 12 to 30 feet. The pomegranate can range from a dwarf shrub of three feet to a small tree of 20 to 30 feet. Fertilize the "Wonderful" pomegranate tree, once in the fall after planting and again the following spring. So, follow the same maintenance tips for growing the dwarf species and bonsai forms of pomegranate as the regular variety. Pomegranates thrive in areas of warm, arid conditions. Double the fertilizer amount in the tree's second year, then triple the fertilizer amount in its third year, after which the fertilizing applications hold steady. Water the pomegranate tree immediately, using enough water to moisten the dirt to a depth of 2 to 3 feet. Water the food into the soil. If this includes you, let’s look at caring for pomegranate plants with an emphasis on indoor pomegranate trees in containers. PLANTING IDEAS. Planting more than one tree or other varieties of pomegranate can help in cross-pollination. Before setting out to prune, put on gloves, safety goggles, long sleeves, long pants and a dust mask. Sign up for our newsletter. Keep an eye on the weather report and if temps threaten to drop below 40 degrees F. (4 C.), move the plant indoors to a sunny window. TREE SIZE. A member of the Lythraceae family, pomegranate fruit has a smooth, leathery, red to pink skin surrounding the edible arils. Pomegranate trees in containers can either be grown indoors given sufficient arid provisions, or outdoors during part of the year and moved indoors if cold snaps are imminent. Use 2 pounds of 8-8-8 garden fertilizer, split evenly between the two fertilizing applications. For outdoor or indoor pomegranate trees grown in containers, you will need around a 10-gallon (38 L.) container one-quarter full of potting soil. Add 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch around the pomegranate tree, such as bark chips or shredded leaves. Pomegranate make an attractive specimen tree with vibrant, beautiful flowers in early summer, followed by the large fruit into late summer/autumn. Buy Trees » Popular Wonderful Pomegranate Companion Plants. Trees usually have thorns, and are grown as a bushy shrub. Fertilize the "Wonderful" pomegranate tree, once in the fall after planting and again the following spring. Edit or improve upon this plant file by clicking here. A pomegranate tree adapts in both acidic and alkaline soil, hence soil preparation for your fruit planting project is not an issue.