Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
In english this is a pomegranate in spanish it's called a granada and some people think that since its an ancient fruit the city of Granada in Spain may be named after it. It's a super food thats rich in antioxidants lets plant a pomegranate tree ill show you how. Pomegranate trees are very container adaptable and there often used as landscape or patio trees because of their dark green foliage and beautiful orange flowers many varieties of pomegranates are hardy down to ten degrees fahrenheit and can be grown USDA zones 7b to 12. Pomegranates are most productive in arid climates but they will grow in tropical and some topical climates like Florida and Hawaii ideally you'll plant a pomegranate in heavy loamy soil however they'll tolerate anything from sandy all the way to clay. I'm planting mine in Peaceful Valley potting soil and i'm using a smart pot pomegranates need at least six hours of sunlight a da find a nice sunny spot in your yard to plant your tree these smart pots were originally designed for tree nurseries and they last about three to five years which is perfect 'cause that's about how often you should repot your trees.
Plant pomegranates in late winter or early spring just slide them out of the sleeve and your going to want to wash off about the first inch of soil this helps the roots get established. Plant the tree to about the same level it was planted in the nursery water the tree right after planting and it should be happy in this pot for about three to five years after that i'll repot it. I'm going to train my pomegranate as a small tree, to train as a tree snip off any branches that come off the tree lower than one foot. Scaffolding branches are the big main branches of the tree like these ideally you want five to seven symmetrically placed scaffolding branches this will help you to form a strong compact structure if your tree doesn't have these nice scaffolding branches you want to do a heading cut at about two to two and a half feet next winter i'm going to head back these scaffolding branches by about three-fifths. If you live in the coldest of pomegranate growing zones zone 7b you should probably train it as a multi trunk or shrub that way if there is a very cold frost you probably won't lose the whole tree.
Pomegranates fruit on new wood so the annual maintenance you should do is cutback any deadwood or thin out the middle and cut the suckers you also want to hedge them back lightly just to encourage the new fruiting wood. Pomegranate trees are very drought tolerant once they're established but you should still water them in the summer every two to four weeks that will help fruit production proper irrigation can also help prevent the fruit from splitting in the fall.
Fertilize with a balanced fruit tree fertilizer in February May and September and give it about one ounce for every foot of tree. You can juice them like an orange or you can take the seeds out and put them in salads or as a dessert topping however you like them make sure you plant one and organic for life!