[NAFEX] Pomegranate

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Sat Dec 3 20:05:25 EST 2005


Can pomegranates be kept like potted citris?  Inside in winter, outside  
during the summer.

Would they fruit?  Are the flowers perfect (male/female)?


On Fri, 02 Dec 2005 22:03:10 -0600, MARIE ASHTON <bwoodtx at verizon.net>  

> Are you in 6a or 6b?    6b is down to -5 and there are some possible  
> varieties that might work. 6a at down to -10 is a little chancey but  
> worth a try. Since pomegranates bear fruit on new wood you do not have  
> to worry about buds being killed. If you have a winter snow cover then  
> there is also a variety that might  work (under the snow cover).
> But to state again 6b is a good possibility with the new (in the US)  
> Russian/Central Asian varieties. The varieties that I would recommend  
> are "Kazake" or "Salavatski". "Agat" if under snow cover (a low growing,  
> good fruiting
> pomegranate). If want to try one let me know and I will try to see that  
> you get one to try, but pomegranates like a lot of fruit trees do not  
> reach their best cold hardiness until about the third year and would  
> need to be somewhat protected the first two years.
> Richard Ashton
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Ginda Fisher
>   To: North American Fruit Explorers
>   Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 8:47 PM
>   Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pomegranate
>   On Dec 1, 2005, at 2:02 PM, MARIE ASHTON wrote:
>     How many of you are interested in pomegranates. It seems that many  
> people think they are too much trouble to eat. They are somewhat  
> troublesome, but some think they are worth the trouble.   The easiest   
> way to utilize them is to juice them with a common citrus/orange press,  
> that's just a pressure press not the kind with the reamer as that kind  
> will get the partation material and skin into the juice and that is  
> bitter (tannin). There are a lot of new varieties available now and some  
> cold hardy ones.
>     Richard Ashton
>     zone 7b/8a Central Texas
>   I am interested in pomegranate, but here in zone 6, I think I will  
> have to content myself with indoor plants.  If anyone knows of a  
> pomegranate hardy to zone 6, though, I'd be excited to try it.
>   Ginda
>   eastern MA, zone 6
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