[NAFEX] Pomegranate 'Wonderful'

MARIE ASHTON bwoodtx at verizon.net
Sat Jul 22 21:27:01 EDT 2006

You are right to grow it in a container. Your 4b climate is just not warm 
enough to grow it outside even with mulch cover in the winter. Pomegranates 
do not need much chilling about 100-200 hours, so that should be no problem 
in your garage. The 'Wonderful' variety pomegranate is somewhat frost 
sensitive but is good down to 15 degrees F. There are other varieties of 
pomegranates that are more cold hardy but none cold hardy enough for zone 4b 
(outside) even with mulch. 'Wonderful' will require some pruning to keep it 
to container size, it is one of the larger size pomegranate varieties; there 
are other varieties that are dwarf in size.
You may even have some flowers this year as 'Wonderful' flowers early but it 
is unlikely that they will set fruit, usually on young plants they will just 
fall off the first 2 years, but the flowers are very showy. Good luck with 
your project and let us hear how it works.
Richard Ashton
Oak Creek Orchard
bwoodtx at verizon.net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doreen Howard" <gardendiva at charter.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2006 7:29 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Pomegranate 'Wonderful'

>I received the pomegranate cultivar 'Wonderful' today which is already
> trained into a small tree with a trunk of about 30 inches.  It's my aim to
> grow it in a very large container and put it into the cold garage during 
> the
> winter.  I live in Zone 4b, and my garage doesn't go below about 20F even 
> on
> those -15 to -20F nights.
> My questions:
> Will it have enough dormancy in the garage?
> Would I be better off planting it in the ground in a very sheltered spot 
> and
> burying it in mulch every winter?
> This is my first experience with pomegranates, but I'm trying because they
> have such attractive flowers and interesting fruit.
> Doreen Howard
> Zone 4b--Wisconsin-Illinois border
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