[NAFEX] Pomegranate Seedlings

MARIE ASHTON bwoodtx at verizon.net
Mon Jun 8 13:39:32 EDT 2009

Pomegranates are similar to many old world (or heritage) fruit and vegetables in their ability to produce a plant somewhat similar to the mother plant if the pomegranate (or other fruit) is not a hybrid. Unfortunately Wonderful is a hybrid of several different varieties as evidenced by its fruit characteristics. So you could get anything from your seedlings from very sorry, small, sour fruit to fairly good fruit. That is why most pomegranates are propagated by cuttings. Now, if you had an old world variety like Kandahar (from Afghanistan) that is known to have existed for over 1000 years then a seedling from that plant should be fairly similar to the mother plant.

A researcher at the University of California tested Wonderful variety seedlings many years ago (in the 1920s) and found that the seedlings varied a lot and most were not very good.

Richard Ashton
Oak Creek Orchard
bwoodtx at verizon.net

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bob Kelly 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 11:53 AM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Pomegranate Seedlings

  I notice several seedling plants around my pomegranate tree.  It is a 'Wonderful' I think.  

  Does anyone know or have a feel for what I might expect from the seedlings if grown?  I usually root cuttings to give away, but was wondering if the seedlings might be good.

  Bob Kelly
  Zone 7b/8a
  Northeast Mississippi
  Northeast Mississippi


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