Pomegranate Tree Seeds
The Pomegranate is a shrub or small tree that grows 20 to 30 feet tall. It is a long lived tree with some specimens surviving 200 years. Grow your own Pomegranate fruits. Pomegranate is popular in juices and as an antioxidant. Bright red flowers bloom from July to August. The Pomegranate is native to Iran and to the Himalayas in Northern India. It has been grown since Ancient times. In the North, the fruit is in season from March to May. In the South - the fruit is in season from March to May. In the USA, it grows in California and Arizona. It thrives in warmer zones but can survive Northern winters only if it is kept in a greenhouse.
Soil Type: Prefers organically rich well-drained fertile loamy soils in full sun.
Zones: 8 to 11
Germination Range: 50-70%
Stratification Requirement: Soak seeds in water for 24-48 hours and then cold moist stratify for 30 days. Germination can take several months.
Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).
Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.