Growing in Pots


» Pomegranates adapt very well to pots and containers but you cannot expect the same quality or production as the ones grown in soil.

» Fruit will also be smaller if grown in containers but it will still be worth your while .

» Pomegranates do not have strong, invasive roots and this is also a great advantage as they will need very little root pruning in pots.

» Pomegranates can also look very ornamental in pots and enhance the Tuscan or Mediterranean styled look.

» They can easily be trained into small trees or standards.

Choosing The Right Pot


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» These Tuscan style pots will be perfect for pomegranates as they are wide on top and tapers down to the bottom.

» Pomegranates will happily adapt in any size pot but for the best fruit production the bigger the pot the better.

» A pot with a dimension of at least 50cm x 50cm x 50cm is recommended.

» Pots that have wide tops and slightly tapers to the bottom are preferred as this makes repotting or root pruning(if necessary) much easier.

» Pomegranates can also be grown in large, cheap plastic containers or bags if not used for ornamental purposes.

» It is important that all containers and pots have large and plenty of drainage holes at the bottom.

Soil


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» Culterra's Potting soil is perfect for usage when growing pomegranates in pots.

» When growing pomegranates in containers I prefer using a good quality bark-based potting soil.

» Using ordinary garden soil is a bad idea as it becomes hard as brick in pots and it drains poorly. It also makes pots very heavy and makes moving it around very difficult. Heavy garden soil can also crack certain types of pots.

» Bark-based potting soil will drain and dry out quickly but this is exactly what we want with pomegranates.

» Before filling the pot with soil always provide a thick layer of gravel or small pebbles at the bottom of the container to improve drainage.

» Mix some bonemeal (1 coffee mug full) and Bioganic fertilizer (2 coffee mugs full) per one bag of potting soil.

» It is very important to firmly compact the potting soil from the bottom up and around the rootball of the pomegranate tree.

» Flood the whole pot with water until the water comes out of the bottom of the pot. This will help to remove air pockets and also to settle the soil in the pot.

Watering and Feeding


» Pomegranates in pots will need more watering and feeding than their counterparts in the ground.

» Remember, any plant in a pot is like a pet! They are completely dependant on you for their survival as their roots are caged up and can't go and look for their own food or water.

» Pomegranates in pots should never be allowed to dry out completely and should always be kept moist.

» Daily watering might be necessary during very hot and dry mid summer days but careful monitoring is advised.

» Pomegranates in pots should be fed monthly (from September until February) with Wonder 2.3.4 fertilizer and Bioganic fertilizer. A rough estimate is about one tablespoon of 2.3.4 and two handfulls of Bioganic fertilizer for a pot of 50cm x 50cm x 50cm.

» Always apply fertilizers at least 30cm away from the main stem of the plant or at the furtherest edge of the pot.

Maintenance


» Pomegranates in pots should only be pruned lightly as they will grow slower.

» The standard(lollipop) look will be the best shape for pots but you can also keep them short and bushy depending on your space.

» Root pruning is seldom needed but very old plants might benefit from this every few years. It is done by removing the plant from the pot and cutting the bottom third part of the root ball back and replanting it back into the pot. This is done only during the dormant period (June to July).

» Once a year the top 10cm of soil should be carefully removed and replaced with a mixture of compost, bonemeal and Bioganic fertilizer. This should be done in August and will replenish the soil for the following growing season.

Varieties For Pots


» Most varieties will adapt nicely to containers.

» The dwarf pomegranate called "Nana" is great for small containers as it only grows to roughly 1m x 1m.

» We will update this list as our experimentation continues.