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How To Grow Pomegranate

It’s going to be a long time before we have to worry about it rotting. Because the plants we're putting in it are there, they’re their plants are going to be around here for a long time. So the reason why we put this raised bed here is because of the plants. That was How To Grow Pomegranate planting are all kinds of exotic plants. That kind of needs this protection we have real good sun exposure all day suns. So we’re going to get lots and lots of Sun we do have a maple tree here. That's going to put on some leaves that's going to provide some shade. But for the most part, we have at least six to eight hours of beautiful full Sun and on top of that. What we also have is this shed here that’s going to act as a microclimate. So this shed here will kind of heat up during the day and it will let that heat out. During the night which is so important for these plants.

Because they're right on the fringe, so here where we ‘relocated is zone six. But it's also all surrounded by zone five the reason is. Because Lake Huron acts How To Grow Pomegranate is another microclimate. So we have a micro-climate a microclimate and more microclimates. You have I guess the better chance you have of success. So what are we planting today or we want to show you how to grow today. We are going to be doing a growing guide on pomegranates. So a lot of you don't know this but pomegranates are there are some very cold hardy variety and the pomegranate. We have behind us is called a Russian cold-hardy pomegranate. It is cold hardiness of six. So if you live in a zone of zone six it's going to do it's going to. I do the best but it’s going to at least survive the winters and so we have this behind us it is in. It's in a three-gallon pot it is a mature bush it's actually beginning to fruit and flower. Which will show you those but come on and close.

Let’s talk about how we plant it how we take care of it. So it does well for you so you can see here this plant is already loaded up with beautiful flowers well the buds. Those are going to turn into flowers tons of them it’s they’ve come on. So heavy in the past few How To Grow Pomegranate days here we've had it now we did order this online. I'll post a link to where we got it and I'm pleased with it. I have no complaints so far I mean the way they shipped it was actually in soil. You know not getting paid or affiliated with them whatsoever. What they do is a spectacular quality, so we also got the fig that we planting up later. That you'll see that another growing guide on figs. So what we want to do is we want to plant this plant it is deciduous. It's a deciduous bush so it's going to lose its flower or its leaves in the wintertime. We don't want to bury this too deep because what happens a lot of times with deciduous plants is that. They have to survive through some cold wet conditions and that leads to stem rot very. So we don't want to dig the hole too much deeper than what it already is planted in.

How To Grow Pomegranate

And another thing with the soil is we're using pure compost these plants. That the plant we are going to be coming up in this kind of exotic plant growing. Guide series is they all must pH balanced soil, so a pH of seven and they also need very fertile soil. Because of the How To Grow Pomegranate conditions they grow in we can't have any lacking root development. We have to boost the root element to get them down deep like. We talked about that that root zone it’s so important to get the roots deep down. Where there's not going to be any chance of them dying. So we’re about there so we're ending that about as big as the root ball is. So we’re going to backfill around the plant pack that soil in now. When we talk about fertilizing we're not going to fertilize this for a little. While I say about three months to encourage the roots to go out it seems counterproductive. But when you first plant these plants you want to encourage the roots to go out. Their job is to find water and nutrients, so yes we will water them right at the base. But as far as nutrients go they're going to send out their roots.

Looking for those nutrients and that's we’re going to get really good root penetration. Throughout the soil here now another thing about the soil is that it needs How To Grow Pomegranate to be very well. Draining compost has good drainage, but if you live in a place that does not have good drainage mix in some sand. Or some organic matter to increase that drainage. Because again you don't want wet roots that are going to lead to some root rot and then finally. When it does come to fertilizing like I said three months about three months as long. As we're going to wait to start fertilizing and when we do fertilize. It’s going to be very nitrogen-rich fertilizer so I get asked all the time. What is a good nitrogen source since we want to boost leaf growth get? It growing fast get it to develop you know what is a good nitrogen source. That's going to give us that high potency my answer would be trifecta plots. That's what we use on all our plants here fruits vegetable ornamentals don't matter. They all get trifecta plus but if you don’t have access to trifecta plus. Another good option is either fish emulsion or a pretty basic blood meal. There a lot of different companies that sell blood meals but blood meals pretty much.

Across the board's give me around a 10 to 12 percent nitrogen by weight and that’s great. That's an awesome amount of nitrogen for your plants it’s going to get them up and growing. And getting them greens now that we've talked about fertilizing. OH the How To Grow Pomegranate final part to fertilize is in the fall around October. We're going to give them a very good dose of phosphorus to kick the roots in a final preparatory mode. To get ready for you know to get ready for winter. Because we have to get them prepared especially because we're in the very very fringe of them. You know not coming back the next year so that's all there is to fertilizing now. When it comes to temperatures and sunlight these are important. Especially when you’re in a fringe zone if you're in zone seven zones eight. You're fine you can grow pomegranates no problem at all. But temperatures we need to make sure that they're in a place. That's going to have temperatures in the 70 s and 80 s in peak season.

The 90s are great hundreds pushing it that’s definitely start stressing the plant out. But the warmer the better pomegranates are a Mediterranean fruit. So when it’s this far up we don't have Mediterranean climates. So again that this microclimate is going to be key to How To Grow Pomegranate the plant's survival. So make sure that it makes sure that it gets in the 70 s and 80 s. You’re going to find there now when it comes to sunlight something is also so important. Because if you don't get at least seven hours of full sun you're going to be sorry out of luck. Because these plants must all that sun exposure to produce the sugars. Those are going to the helping the plant grow and sending them down into the roots. That helps the plant survive through the winter it's important to store as many sugars as possible. So if you’re getting on the lower end of the full light spectrum like four or five hours. It might not die but it’s not going to have enough energy stored to come out of dormancy in the spring. And that's what kills a lot of your plants now you all might be wondering what about pollination. What is going to pollinate these pomegranates?

The good news is that pomegranates are self-fertile some must cross to do better. But most of your cultivated pomegranate varieties How To Grow Pomegranates don't need across. So you can get by with planting one now another thing is that with pollinating. It does help to come by and with a tooth, not a toothbrush. A paintbrush and going to tickle the flowers a little bit help transfer that pollen around. Because you will find that since these are quite foreign to most pollinators. They're going to have a harder time because of your pollinators. Don't come in contact with pomegranates' health often. If you're this far north so a lot of your pollinators stick to plants. That they're pretty familiar with and so if they see a pomegranate. They might not even realize that it's something that. They would you know enjoy pollinating. So it does definitely help to increase that production with a paintbrush and we can do more on that.

When these flowers open and get blooming now the very final thing that. I do want to talk about is spacing so the spacing of your pomegranates. If you do decide to get more than one is important because they start out small now. But they get big quick they How-To Grow Pomegranate gets big quick because they are a low-lying bush. But they actually are more of a spreading low-lying bush they don't get very tall. They might only get about three feet tall at most but they will get about four and a half five feet wide in diameter. So it's a very large bush that's going to take up this entire bed definitely without a doubt. By the time it's mature so make sure that is the biggest mistake. What I see people making is they assume that the plant is well lent is small. But they assume that the plant is going to stay this small for a long period of time. And they don't have a future you know forward-looking vision of how big it's going to get. So they'll plant this thing full of other perennials and then they're surprised. When they have to pull other perennials up in they end up killing some in the process and it’s best to assume. That it's going to get that large now I will come through here. I will plant some annuals that I can pull out at the end of the year to kind of take up that space and use the space. But definitely, I will stick no other perennials in here. Because this space is going to be taken up in no less than two or three years with this plant. Here, so another thing to keep in mind so you can maximize your success in pomegranate growing.

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