How to grow pomegranate in pots: from the fertilizer to the ideal soil, from the position to the care to be devoted to the ornamental or fruit pomegranate.
After seeinghow to plant pomegranate to grow it in the garden, in the open ground, let's take a closer look at thecultivation of pomegranate in pots.
Pomegranate: ornamental and fruit plants
Thepomegranateit is highly appreciated both for its appearance and for the possibility of producing fruit. It is cultivated as dwarf plant not for fruit production but for flowering, while withpruningless careful even in pots it can develop vigorously and ready to give many fruits.
If not done aprune, the tree will take on a bushy habit. Forgrow pomegranate in potsin general, the tree pruning form is chosen, with a single stem.
Dwarf pomegranate, ornamental pomegranate or fruit pomegranate, are common names that indicate the same tree species: Punica granatum, hence the name that in the dialectal form of many southern regions: granata. If you hear about the "pomegranate fruit" it is the pomegranate!
Likeornamental plantit is appreciated for male flowers (bell-shaped, without pistils or with poorly developed ovaries) and for hermaphroditic (vase-shaped) flowers. The fruit, thegrenade or pomegranate, it is fleshy berry and has a characteristic crown.
When to grow pomegranate in pots
If you have space problems and you can'tgrow pomegranatein the garden, or live in the north of Italy, the cultivation of pomegranates in pots is the only possible choice.
Thepomegranateit needs not too cold winters and hot summers. When summer is very humid and full of rainfall, it is advisable to perform treatments with verdigris to prevent the appearance of fungal diseases due to the inevitable cracking of the fruit ... unless you move the pomegranate in vase in a well-ventilated and less humid area.
Potted pomegranate: where to keep it
L'pomegranate tree, once adult and well established, it can tolerate frost but only when it is completely dormant - in the middle of winter - and tolerates temperatures around -10 ° C, what they do not tolerate are spring cold returns and the so-called late frosts. Even less, the pomegranate plant cannot stand the wind: avoid placing thepomegranate in vasein a windy area because the rubbing of the branches and fruits between them causes serious damage to the plant.
If you are interested in fruit production, know that high summer temperatures improve fruit production, as well as organoleptic properties, color and flavor.
Those who live in the mountains must place thepomegranatein sheltered areas during the winter and during the spring thaw period.
How to grow pomegranate in pots
For thecultivation in potsyou cangrow dwarf pomegranateor grow the plant up to 150 - 200 cm in order to obtain a certain fruit production.
Thepot sizemust be adequate: the pot must have a capacity of at least 20 - 30 liters of soil.
For a better yield and to modulate well the fertilizations of thepomegranate in vase, we suggest choosing a specific soil mixture given by:
- a draining layer to be placed on the bottom of the pot, consisting of pumice or perlite (10%) and covered with a net or non-woven fabric.
- a mixture of soil with which to fill the pot.
The mixture must be composed of compost or organic substance (40 - 50% peat and 5 - 10% compost) and with the addition of a gradual release fertilizer. Thatfertilizer to use for pomegranate?You can add afertilizer"Osmocote" type that releases fertilizer gradually for 6 months and renews the fertilization once a year by moving the most superficial layers of the soil in the pot. It is then possible to carry out maintenance fertilizations with liquid fertilizers to be administered in mid-spring.
Where to find potted pomegranate fertilizer? It is found in any agricultural consortium, in garden centers or by taking advantage of online sales, the aforementioned fertilizer can also be bought on Amazon by visiting this: “osmocote on Amazon“.
Note: osmocote is an excellent gradual release fertilizer, forpomegranate in vaseadd 3 grams for each liter of soil at the time of planting or repotting. Every year renew the soil that you can remove from the top of the pot, without damaging the roots, and add new fertilizer.
Osmocote is just one example. Our website has no link with the producer so feel free to choose a gradual release fertilizer with similar NPK proportions.