Thekla McDaniels wrote:Hi Folks!
I've been searching for a cold tolerant pomegranate. I know it is considered a mediterranean plant, but I read the kite runners. The story took place in Afghanistan, maybe Kabul. I'm pretty bad about geography, and I read t he book before we were at war in Afghanistan. Anyway, those boys sat in a pomegranate tree, up in the branches, and threw pomegranates at someone below. In another part of the story, it was winter and there was snow on the ground. The snow was not an unusual thing, they were used to it.
So, see what I mean? There was a pomegranate tree big enough to hold two boys up high in the branches, it bore fruit, and there was a real high desert winter.
I wonder what variety that was, I wonder how we can get some. I wonder if anybody already has such a wonderous thing as a hardy pomegranate.
Thanks for ideas on where / how to obtain this dream tree.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:For anyone interested in the outcome of this pursuit:
http://theafghanseeds.org/ answered my inquiry, saying they did not sell seeds.
I searched for Russian pomegranates and found two commercially available varieties who are recommended for USDA 7-10 (Salavatski, and Russian, and Russian Giant) Most other named commercially available pomegranate varieties are quoted to be appropriate at USDA 8-10.
If I cannot get land race seeds from coldest pomegranate regions of Russia or Afghanistan, then my plan is to get trees of these varieties and cross them, germinate the seeds, and you can guess the rest.
I've contacted the Afghan American Chamber of commerce, and will also try for a Russian contact. Thanks for all the suggestions. It is amazing how my own thinking is catalyzed when I have people to "talk" to about such things. Maybe if I DO get a new variety I'll name it Permies Pomegranate........
Ty Thompson wrote:
I've also talked with a gentleman here in Oregon who once planted Apricots from seed he obtained from Ladakh, India, which is a very arid, very cold mountainous region, and am pursuing the possibility of getting some seed from that.
Dee Dee Lozano wrote:Burnt Ridge Nursery
Considering ordering this Southern Russian Varietal from Burnt Ridge Nursery to plant in my 6b Mediterranean garden. Says they are rated to -10 F but could be much more cold tolerant once established. Has anyone ordered from them?