Pomegranate is the general name for a small tree or rather a thorny shrub. These particular trees also bear fruits which are also referred to as pomegranate. Its fruits are edible, tart and juicy. It has a distinguishing feature of fat solitary flowers with several stamens and pistils.
These are the particular reasons why homeowners loved growing them. You should start growing some too. The following are the tips on growing it.
Light and Temperature
Pomegranate trees usually grow in tropical areas. As a matter of fact, they particularly favor being under the full blast of the sun. The warm sunlight is one of the big factors of the production of its fruits and flowers. However, if they are planted in areas where sunlight is not that abundant or with only partial sunlight, the production of their fruits and flowers will be affected. The fruits and flowers will likely be scarce and small. This is the very explanation why pomegranate trees are mostly appropriate in places with hot summers.
On the other hand, being cooled once in while is also what these trees desire. That is why they are also suitable even in cool winters’ time. These two particular seasons which are needed by the pomegranate trees are essential for them to enter natural growth and dormancy periods. There are also some species of these trees that can stand a temperature as low as ten (10) degrees. Their barks are also sensitive to frost damage. So you must keep it in your mind that they should be protected during extreme freezing temperatures.
Rich Soil with Fertilizer
Pomegranate trees tend to be more apt on the types of soil that are a mixture of clay, sand, gravel, silt, and organic matter. The best example for this is the deep loam soil. However, they can also bear with the types of soil that can drain water more easily such as rocky and sandy soil. Fertilizers can also make your pomegranate trees healthier although they can still live without having one. Putting fertilizers is more like pampering your tree. And they will definitely be grateful for a layer of compost or mulch. If you plan on putting fertilizers on your tree, make sure to spread them around the base of the latter. You should also put it before spring comes. During this period, your tree is near to its full bloom. Additionally, if you have just started planting, more probably your trees are still new like babies. In this case, they only need two (2) to four (4) ounces of ammonium sulfate. It is also highly advisable for you to remove any nearby plants that might compete with it.
Other Minor Elements
Water is basically needed by every plant. In the case of pomegranate trees, they are more inclined to semi- dry environment. During dry season, you can immerse them with water every two to four weeks. Pruning is also needed by these trees. To train the tree to grow into a single trunk, whenever it produces sprouts and sucker, you must remove them immediately. Dead and damage branches should be eliminated during its dormant period which is in the late winter. And lastly, put on a copper fungicide on your trees from late spring until summer. This is to prevent it from fungus infection.
Q. How many pomegranate plants needed per acre?
A: You need around 200 trees per acre.
Q. What are the soil requirements?
A: Sandy loam to deep loamy soil is best for pomegranate farm. Plant can grow on light soil as well.
Q. What weather is best for pomegranate farming?
A: Warm weather is best for this farming. As pomegranate tree do not need much water to grow so it can survive on low water condition.
Q. When to harvest pomegranate?
A: Late summer or early fall is the best time for harvesting pomegranate depends on climate.