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By Sharon2

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My mother purchased a pomegranet(?) plant last summer. It flowered and had some small fruit on it but it was very close to the colder weather. Unfortunately she died very suddenly and I brought it home rather than let it die. I kept it in the greenhouse over winter and pruned all the dead wood off it - it is putting on some good growth now the weather is brighter. I don't know anything about them, how large they grow, what sort of fruit I should expect. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Many thanks



I dont know anything about pomnegranet plants I just wanted to give you a big GOY hug

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28 Apr, 2009


Me too, I just wanted to say I'm sorry to hear your sad news. Hopefully someone will be able to give you advice on the tree soon.

28 Apr, 2009


The only thing I know about pomegranets is from seeing my sisters one. She lives in Bangkok in Thailand. It's a tropical climate and she grows her tree in a large container outdoors. Thinking about the conditions that one is growing in, I think I would be temped in this country to keep it in a frost free greenhouse (maybe you have a conservatory with a radiator or something?) over the winter and stand the container on a tray of wet gravel to keep the humidity up. The size of my sister's tree is about 3ft tall and teh same wide. It does blossom and produce a small number of fruits - tho I think I remember her complaining they never matured. I may be totally wrong about all this - but it's a start :-) Sorry to hear about your mum. Good luck with her tree.

28 Apr, 2009


Thank you for all your comments. The tree is more like a bush and the fruit was tiny. I believe it has been bred for this country. Knowing my mum she probably bought it from QVC and it was certainly outside in a small pot at her place.

28 Apr, 2009


Sorry to hear about your mum. I have a pomegranate as I grew one from a seed - it's fairly slow growing and I haven't had fruit yet after a few years. I keep mine in a large container and stick it in an unheated greenhouse in winter, but one (fairly mild) winter I had it planted out in the ground all year and it survived. I only replanted it in a container as it wasn't getting enough light, making the growth uneven.

I think they can take a little bit of frost, but might be less keen on prolonged winter wet - since you have a greenhouse you may as well keep it there each winter. It's certainly going to be fine outside in summer if you want to make space for anything else, but you might have more chance of edible fruit in the GH or planted by a south facing sunny wall. There are large mature specimens growing outside all year in the Chelsea Physic Garden although of course that's Central London hence quite mild.

Was the 'dead wood' really dead or just dormant for the winter with the leaves fallen? It's normal for them to be deciduous here. Chances are that it might be the cultivar 'Nana' which is fairly hardy and doesn't grow huge.

29 Apr, 2009

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