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  • From: Lee Reich <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Potted Pomegranates
  • Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:33:25 -0400

My Iranian varieties flowered for the first time this year. Just a few
flowers, most of which dropped off. Lester Davis pointed out that there are
male and female blooms. The males are more V-shaped, the females have bulbous
bases. Most of the dropped flowers were, obviously, male. A couple of females
started to develop but started to rot because of humid and rainy weather. Oh
well, there's always next year.

Lee Reich, PhD
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On Oct 17, 2012, at 12:37 PM, John Barbowski wrote:

> In spite of 2-300 blossoms on each of my 4 foot plus Siberian pomegranates,
> (Kasake,Agat) and a very warm summer, I had only 5 blossoms set fruit, one
> of which, (1.5" diam) dropped off 2 weeks ago and only had about 6 immature
> white seeds. The remaining 4 fruits are developing nicely and starting to
> turn red. The largest is slightly larger than a tennis ball. Is there a
> trick to getting more fruit?. Two years ago I had seven Poms develop,
> anywhere between 2-4" in diam.
> I have never noticed pollinators buzzing the flowers. Would manual
> pollination help and if so, should it be intra or inter species or does it
> matter?
> The leaves of the plants are now yellowing and starting to drop. Fall is
> fast upon us.
> The following are links to both the fruit and one of the plants showing the
> commencement of flowering. There are various pics in the album; they depict
> the development of the plants from cuttings (thank you Richard Ashton) to
> their present size.
> jmb
> Canadian zone 6b (just north of Toronto)
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