How to Grow a Pomegranate Tree From Seed


Pomegranates are prized for their red, juicy fruit, and thrive throughout Texas, Arizona and California. Gardeners train the plants into tree shapes or grow them as bushy shrubs. The plants require full sun, but are drought tolerant. They grow in even poor soil, although a sandy loam will produce the best results. They are more cold-hardy than citrus fruit, depending on the variety, but may not reliably bear fruit north of USDA Hardiness Zone 6.

Step 1

Fill your seed starter tray or pot with sterile potting mix.

Step 2

Place 1 or 2 seeds in each starting tray cell or pot. Cover with 1/4 inch of potting soil. Spray the soil with a spray bottle filled with water until evenly moist.

Step 3

Place a layer of plastic wrap over the pot or starting tray and put it in a warm place, such as the top of your refrigerator or on a radiator.

Step 4

Check the soil daily and moisten it with the spray bottle as needed to keep it evenly moist, but not soggy.

Step 5

Remove the plastic wrap when seeds have germinated (usually six weeks). Place the starting tray or pot in a warm, sunny location and continue to water as needed.

Step 6

Replant the seedlings in a larger pot when they stand 5 inches tall if you've planted them in a starter tray. Plant them outside in the ground when they stand 12 inches tall and temperatures are consistently above 70 degrees F.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed starting tray or pot
  • Sterile seed starting medium
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic wrap


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Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.