How to Grow Pomegranates in California


Pomegranates are exotic fruits that grow on shrubs. The fruits are native to Asia and Southeast Asia, but they also can be grown in the desert-like climates of the United States, including much of California. Pomegranates thrive in hot, dry climates, and the plants can grow for decades. The plants are self-pollinating, so one pomegranate plant is all that is needed to get a harvest of fruit. Although pomegranate shrubs can be grown from seeds, it's easiest to grow them from hardwood cuttings made from a shoot grown in the previous season. Small pomegranate shrubs can be bought to plant in your yard.

Step 1

Select a full-sun location for planting the pomegranates. Choose the warmest and sunniest spot in the yard for planting.

Step 2

Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the hardwood cutting or small shrub. Keep the top 2 to 3 inches above ground if you are planting cuttings. Make sure the hole is large enough to accommodate the plant's roots when planting small shrubs.

Step 3

Place the cutting or shrub in the hole, setting it down firmly. Allow the shrub's roots to spread out gently.

Step 4

Fill in the hole with the surrounding soil, packing it down firmly to remove any air bubbles from the area.

Step 5

Water the newly planted cutting or shrub with 1 inch of water immediately after planting. Give the pomegranate shrub about 1 inch of water every seven to 10 days to help it become established.

Tips and Warnings

  • Air bubbles can hinder a plant's ability to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or trowel


  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Pomegranate Fruit Facts
  • University of California Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center: Growing Pomegranates in California
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Growing Pomegranates
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: The Pomegranate
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Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.