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Growing Pomegranates Naturally

 
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Welcome to permies Hieu.

I too wonder how its going.  Glad to find another "tropical" fruit I can grow in zone 8b.  There was a pomigranet tree randomly growing along a busy street in Portland OR when I lived there, my dad was totally disappointed when it got chopped down, really it was a bush rather than a tree.  He never saw any fruits on it, which is why I wasn't sure whether they can produce here.  Maybe it just never got a chance since someone took it out.  There was an individual living on the street who would sleep in there and it really was a good spot because it created privacy for them and meant they weren't on the sidewalk, so I think whoever took it away should have left it alone, for multiple reasons.
 
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It needs a lot of heat to fruit. So it may be in too cool of a spot. If you don’t regularly get 90+ F in summer, it is best to plant it next to a white southern wall.

8b is perfect for pomegranate, you can grow just about all varieties.
 
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It's coming along pretty well. I have about 5 seedlings so far that leaf out about a week or two after the parent, which should greatly help them avoid frost and freeze damage here. I transplanted them last spring, so they had some transplant shock and will hopefully have a growth spurt this year.

My other pomegranates will hopefully fruit this year for the first time, so if they do, I hope to have a lot more seedlings to evaluate!

Here are some pictures I took of how the young plants look with almost no leafing out yet, compared to the parent plant that broke dormancy a week or two ago. It is a little hard to see the seedlings, since they all pretty much are still dormant and look like sticks.
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Pomegranate Seedling 1
Pomegranate Seedling 1
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Pomegranate Seedling 2
Pomegranate Seedling 2
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Pomegranate Seedling 3
Pomegranate Seedling 3
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Pomegranate Seedling 4
Pomegranate Seedling 4
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Named Variety Pomegranate
Named Variety Pomegranate
 
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What zone are you in? And is the one that is leafing out a variety or a seedling?

I am interested in growing a drought and cold tolerant pomegranate, so it would be great if you are able to find a new variety with a lot of vigor. Hopefully you are able to achieve a named variety!
 
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Thanks!

I'm in zone 7b.

The one leafing out is a named variety, but I can't remember what its name is though. The seedlings are the ones that haven't leafed out yet, so appear to have the beneficial trait of leafing out later, and they had zero frost or freeze damage last year, even as young plants which are more susceptible, while the purchased varieties had mostly severe and some had moderate dieback even as larger plants.
 
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