How to Care for Pomegranate Trees


Every spring, pomegranate trees produce big red blossoms that give way in the late summer to leathery fruit filled with hundreds of tiny, tart-sweet seeds. Native to the Middle East, the pomegranate tree will grow into a naturally rounded bush between 15 and 20 feet tall and equally wide if it's left unpruned.

Step 1

Plant pomegranate trees in full sun, where they'll get at least eight hours of direct sunlight per day. In cooler zones, plant them against a west- or south-facing wall.

Step 2

Mix plenty of compost into the soil to ensure good drainage.

Step 3

Water well once or twice a week to encourage the tree to bear fruit.

Step 4

Fertilize once a year with high-nitrogen, time-release fertilizer.

Step 5

Prune mainly to remove dead limbs and suckers; otherwise, prune a bit to maintain a nice shape.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pomegranates are hardy trees, but sometimes they can be infested by scale, thrips or mealybugs. Consult the personnel at the nursery where you purchased your trees for advice about how to eliminate these pests. Pomegranate trees are hardy in climate zones 5 through 31, H1 and H2.

Things You'll Need

  • Pomegranate trees
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Water
  • High-nitrogen, time-release fertilizer
  • Clippers


  • Sunset Plant Finder: Flowering Pomegranate (Punicaceae)
  • Acorn Springs Farms: Caring for Your Pomegranate
  • Sunset Magazine: Scale Insects

Who Can Help

  • Sunset Magazine: Thrips
  • Sunset Magazine: Mealybugs
  • Sunset Magazine: Gentle Pest Controls
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Cheyenne Cartwright has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She has served as an editor for several large nonprofit institutions, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including "Professional Bull Rider Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa.