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The 'nana' fruits aren't very good. I had several plants growing for bonsai and sometime would let a few fruits ripen. You need to get a full size one for better tasting fruits. Fruits are ripe when they turn orange/red, about 3 months from formation.
Cala, thanks much :)
We used to eat pomegranite all the time as kids, and one of my favorite was drinking the juice. better than messing with all those seeds. We had an old fashioned orange press, we would cut the pomegranite and lower the lever, and squeese all the juice out in 5 seconds...
But they also use pomegranite in a lot of cooking over there, I dont use them much cause they are not readily available here...
I also have a dwarf 'nana' ...i'm glad to hear they DO in fact fruit... Have a reg sized as well, so hopefully between the two we'll have good fruit... Planted both this year..they look young..wondering how long til we get fruit
I'm not sure how the fruit on 'Nana' would taste, it was bred to be ornamental and specifically selected for the dwarf size of the plant, so I imagine nobody paid much attention to how the fruits tasted. If you want fruits to eat, I'd look for a cultivar like 'Wonderful' instead.
They just pretty ...not really for eating (the little ones)...If you can't get hold of a large fruit go buy a good one from the fruit shop ...suck off the yummy juice dry the seed for a couple of days and then plant... you get about 70/80 come up out of a hundred seeds.The flowers on the large fruiting tree are very pretty...the tree is tough as old boots...very easy to grow...you eat the fruit when it smiles...It splits open a bit and *smiles* that is when it has reached it's peak.Some you buy in the Supermarket are not very nice as they were picked too soon. They have discovered that these fruits are very good for the immune system ...and you can expect to hear more news about this in the coming months.:)
Pomegranates started being all the rage a year or two ago because of the antioxidants. Now there's some newer things like acai berries that seem to be replacing it as the "it" fruit of the moment. Personally I think all those fruits have things that are good for you, so eat the ones you like!
Me too ecrane...me too!...mother nature gave us everything we need...as a general rule the higher the colour of something the more goodies are in it...it's funny I was just outside (bl**dy) hot already but Spring has sprung... watering my baby poms that I grew last Autumn from the seeds of a huge fruit at the Supermarket ...it was marked down from 3.99! to 50 cents because it had a "smile" and was not perfect...happy me :)
I've heard about the benefits of antioxidents in the pomegranate but did u know they make good "granades"? LOL, I have 3 brothers and back in the day when kids went out to play with whatever they had in their yards, my brothers would take the ripe pomegranates and play war with them. If you throw a pomegrante just right and use your imagination, it will explode sending seeds in all directions like a granade. BOYS!!!
Did either of you ever get hit by an unripe Pomegranate? When we ran out of "ammunition" laying on the ground, we'd have to jump up or climb the tree to get more ammunition. Those were relatively unripe fruit, and hard as rocks but it never occurred to us kids that it might be dangerous. Fortunately, no one got hurt but word somehow leaked back to my father that we were throwing "rocks" at the girls (think my sister might have been "the leak"). Never threw another pomegranate---ripe or unripe---again...ever. Man, my hiney hurt! Tried to explain to my dad that we weren't throwing "rocks" at girls, they were just pomegranates, but it didn't seem to make any difference...I got a whuppin'.
Never had the pomegranites used at me but the boys had a great time playing with them. Unfortunately the juice is very hard to remove from clothing or anything else that it comes into contact with so the guys always had a clean up job after each war.
Right on, Anaid! When the girls weren't around, we used them as "baseballs". Lot of fun hitting those things (they just explode!), but you get pretty covered up with the juice in the process. My mom stopped that game real quick! I was thereafter forbidden to touch a Pomegranate unless it was to eat. Adults sure know how to spoil your fun when you're a kid!
Anaid, Why do you keep your pom in a pot? I'm in zone 7b and they are in the ground here and huge. Here is one in a neighbors yard from last summer. It is about 15ft. high. I love them and plan to plant one when I move to Texas this summer.
Plant Files lists it as 15-20 ft, although I'm sure you could keep it at least somewhat smaller in a container. As far as growing indoors--I suspect you'll get better blooms and more fruit if it goes outside during the warmer months and just spends the winter indoors.
Sorry, I can't help you too much on that, here they live outside all year round. Here at least they are deciduous, so you could probably keep it in the basement or something over the winter. It's not really a tropical since it's hardy to zone 7/8 so as long as you keep it from freezing I think it should be OK. Then in March or so maybe bring it up and put it in a bright window, and then once you're past any danger of frost move it outside.
"Wonderful" is a full-size tree. I think it's the best tasting. I've seen seeds for it for sale online , I think at http://www.tradewindsfruit.com which has lots of tropical seeds but is over-priced at least for some. JLHusdonseeds.net (I think that's their URL) has seeds of a dwarf for sale. Their catalog is fun and informative to read and they have good informaiton on growing.
Has anyone tried to grow the seed from the pomegranate out? I have the double flowered peach pom, I really never expected fruit on it but there they are, several baby fruits developing. The fruit won't be tasty, but maybe it will make nice babies?
I'm pretty sure they're self fertile, but not all pomegranates produce fruit, some are primarily ornamental. If it really is 'Wonderful' though it should produce fruit, maybe it's just not old enough/large enough yet. Either that or it was mislabeled and it's one of the ornamental ones.
Thanks, I will give it another year, hut it is still producing flowers. The flowers have a large bulb shape behind the petals, like it would turn into fruit. Do the flower types do this also? I sure would like to see one of these flowers produce fruit.
It still might give you fruit this year too, at least around here some of the pomegranates are still blooming and others are just finishing up so it's probably too early to tell if you're going to get fruit or not.