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Growing Pomegranates in Containers is possible because it has a shallow root system compared to other fruit trees. Besides that, it doesn’t take years to fruit and in a pot, you can control its environment by shifting it indoors in cold weather. The compact size is also suitable for balconies and patios–so here are all the details on How to Grow a Pomegranate Tree in a Pot and its Care!

They are of the size of apples with a yellow to reddish-brown, pink or rich red hard shell. The heavenly taste of pomegranate fruit is unique and can’t be compared to any other fruit in the world–sweet, aromatic, juicy, and crunchy.

Other Names: Punic apple, Granatapfel, Granada, Grenade, Melograno, Melagrana, Anardana, Anar, Dadima, Fruit du, Pomme Grenade, Punica granatum, Roma, Shi Liu Gen Pi, and Shi Liu Pi

Best Dwarf Pomegranate Varieties for Pots

Nana: It grows compact, floriferous, and is considered robust and cold hardy. It grows in USDA Zones 7 to 11.
Provence: It can tolerate temperatures down to 5 F (-15 C) and can be grown in cold climates.
State fair: State fair is a manageable variety for containers. It can grow up to 1.5 m tall in USDA Zones 7 to 11.
Some popular Iranian pomegranate cultivars are Sweet Alac, Sour Alac, Sour Malas, Sweet Black, Sour Summer, Sour White Peel, Sweet Saveh, Black Peel, Sweet White Peel, Agha Mohammad Ali, Sweet Shahsavar, Robab, Yousef Khani, and Sweet Aghdaei.

Growing Pomegranates in Containers
Pomegranate plants can be propagated by cuttings or seeds from spring to summer when the temperature remains in the range of 68 F (20 C), but it is better to buy a 2-3-years old well-grafted plant from a reputed nursery or online. This way, you don’t have to wait long for fruits.

Propagation by Seeds
Buy as ripe pomegranates as possible. Separate and clean seeds from the pulp by rubbing them on a paper towel, let them dry up for a few days before sowing.

Propagation by Cuttings
Take several 8 to 10 inch-long cuttings and plant them in a well-draining potting mix. It roots easily and quickly at the ambient temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and high humidity.

Best Pot Size for Growing Pomegranates
Either start in a big pot like a wine barrel or half whiskey, large bucket or accommodate the plant in a standard 8 to 12 inches size container and gradually increase its size depending on your plant’s growth. Make sure that the pot has sufficient drainage holes at the bottom.

Requirements for Growing Pomegranates in Pots

Choose the sunniest location to keep your pomegranate plant happy and healthy. The more sun it will receive, the more it will fruit. However, it also thrives in partial shade, but it makes the plant bloom and fruit lesser.

The University of Georgia states this plant grows best in loamy, sandy, and clayey soil. It is tolerant of moderately acidic to slightly alkaline soil and does best in a soil pH range of 5.5 to 7.2.

Water the plant well and keep the soil slightly moist all the time. Do not let the growing medium dry out completely. It would be best to water the plant when the topsoil feels a bit dry to the touch.

Avoid overhead watering and wetting the leaves as it will attract fungal issues.

Pomegranate Tree Care

During the growing season, fertilize the plant using a liquid 8-8-8 fertilizer. You can also go for the blend formulated for citrus trees or tomatoes.

A pomegranate tree in a pot often becomes zinc deficient, indicated by yellowing leaves. To overcome this, you can spray diluted zinc solution on foliage.

Pruning is necessary to maintain the desired shape of your pomegranate tree and encourage flowering and fruiting. It is best done after all danger of frost has passed when the tree is about to start growing in spring.

Repot your pomegranate tree when it becomes slightly root-bound. The right time to repot is when there are no flowers or fruits on the plant, especially when it starts its growth at the beginning of the growing season.

Diseases, Pests, and Other Problems
The pomegranate tree is not very vulnerable to pests and diseases. It is mainly attacked by fruit flies, whiteflies, and pomegranate butterflies. You’ll also need to keep an eye on mealybugs and aphids–especially during the flowering period.

Fruit crack is one problem that is common in all pomegranate varieties. It occurs due to fluctuation or lack of moisture in a substrate during fruiting.

Harvesting Pomegranate

If pomegranate is grown from seeds, fruits will begin to form from the third or fourth year. Generally, the fruit will ripen three to six months after the appearance of flowers.

Harvest pomegranate when the crust of the fruit is intense red. Cut the fruit’s stem using sharp pruning shear or knife.