I'd like to add this plant on the pf, but I don't know how to initiate the new file. For there isn't one made for this cultivar yet. The fruit is roughly the size of a cherry tomato. And it's said to be delicious. But before I eat the tiny fruit, I thought I'd take a few pictures to share.
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Amanda, how long have you had the tiny plant? If it does well in the garden. I may just leave it there. I acquired several from a local nursery. I wasn't quite sure of their hardiness thus I kept them in containers to winter them inside.
It does not seem to grow on new wood, so I prune it down to about 3"-4" in the spring. It does come back here which is 7b/8a.
It got too much shade this year and did not produce as many fruits. I think I do have the "dwarf pomegranate" Plant File selected in my "have" list so perhaps that will carry more helpful information. If I choose to keep it in the ground, I should surely move it to a spot with more sun.
The neighbor lady gave me the plant early in spring 2010 (or now was it spring of 2009?!)(Good Grief!!!). It sprouted out late (May/June) I thought because she had the container in full shade, but by the end of the season it had produced quite a number of fruits. This past season not so much probably due to the drought/high heat and increased shade from a giant camellia. The plant is at least 5 years old, though the entire "base" of woody sticks can't be more than 6"-8" in diameter.
The tiny pomegranate fruits had just exactly the same look inside as a regular sized fruit. I think it's a real treasure and you're lucky to have more than one. :)
I love the little pot you have it in - so rustic and cute! Keep me/us posted with its progress.
Thanks A. our growing condition must be similiar in many ways. I'm struggling to get my plants to do well in certain pockets ... with lots of canopy shade. That said, the weather signals spring has sprung. Here is the Pom. that I moved outdoor and in the process of 'hardening' it to the elements. One challenging aspect of maintaining smaller containers in our hot/humid Southern gardens is keeping them from being toasted during the summer months.
Yes, and yes. The branches appear 'longer' so yes there are new growth from old woods. However, I'm glad you've asked the question for having inspected the plant closely. I saw a good number of new flower forming buds! The flowers buds however, are formed on new growths! So be carefull not to prune the tree/shrub at spring time. Because you can lose out on the blooms, and eventually fruits. ;-)
Having said that to say this; Hubby has a habit of "spring clean up". He goes out there and prune my rose arbor to tidy its looks every early spring. As a result he robbed the Roses of many spring blooms.
Here are my pomagranates today. As I have learned that the plants can't tolerate drought too well. So I sunk all my little pots into a larger pot pots (to avoid roots dry out) having done so, it also helped me from heavy lifting when comes the time that I need to move these little jewels indoor for the winter. The 'grove' of fruit trees have bloomed, and made fruits continually all season long!
Hi Kristi, yes granatum species and some cultivars are hardy here. I have to keep mine in container culture because the lack of sunny spot in the garden which aids their flowering and fruiting process. In containers, I move them indoor for fear their roots mass may be frozen being above ground during our mild winter. As far as its edibility? I think they're nice to have for ornamental, I tried another draft variety fruit, such as this one (inset pic.) It's a little too tart for my taste buds.
The largest fruit belongs to another draft variety of granatum. The smaller ones are those of 'Alhalbra'. I picked those dried out fruits off a few days ago.