Super Sweet Fruit Meets Easy Growth in California
Why Sweet Pomegranate Trees?
Delicious, healthful fruit, right from your backyard, and grown with ease – the Sweet Pomegranate Tree delivers in more ways than one. For starters, the Poms this plant produces are very sweet and virtually seedless. And since it’s grown right in California, it’s perfect for California landscapes.
Plus, it’s easy to grow. The Sweet Pomegranate is self-fertile in an 8 to 10-foot arching silhouette, which can thrive as a shrub or compact tree. It’s a versatile must-have for both beginner and master gardeners, especially since it adapts well to both coastal and inland areas.
Planting & Care
1. Planting: Ensure you choose a location with a lot of sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day) to nurture your Sweet Pomegranate Tree, but other than that, planting is simple. The Sweet Pom is adaptable to different soil types, providing there is good drainage.
To plant your Sweet Pomegranate, dig a hole deep enough to cover its root ball. After placing your plant (and loosening its roots so that it grows into its new home), tamp down the soil several times while backfilling to avoid air pockets in the area, then water.
2. Watering: Typically, you should only water your Sweet Pom once every week, but in the warmer seasons, you may need to provide a little more. It’s best to provide small amounts of water more frequently (watering once or twice week).
3. Pruning: After the first growing season, prune your Sweet Pom after the last freeze and before new growth in the spring. Dead, weak or otherwise undesirable branches should be removed.
4. Fertilizing: In the second year of growth, apply 2 ounces of nitrogen-based formula in the spring and then an additional ounce each following year to supplement growth. When the tree is about five years old, apply 6 to 8 ounces of this same formula in the late winter before leaves begin to emerge.
5. Harvesting: Once the trees have reached the age of maturity to fruit, your Poms will ripen about 6 to 7 months after flowering, generally resulting in ready-to-harvest fruit in September to October. When you’re ready to pick, do so when the fruit is fully ripe (deep red in color) since it does not continue to ripen post-harvest. Cut the fruit from the tree for best results.