Pomegranates are often used as fall decorations.
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Pomegranate trees---or shrubs---are grown in subtropical climates. Fruits on the pomegranate tree typically grow to about 2 ½ to 5 inches in diameter. When harvesting, you should cut them near the base of the fruit with clippers rather than hand pulling them. This preserves the stems, which not only look nicer when using pomegranates as decorations, it also increases their shelf life. Pomegranates can last for up to seven months in temperatures just above freezing.
Expect to harvest your pomegranate tree in two or three years after planting. However, some trees bear fruit in one year.
Notice when the flowers bloom. Harvesting occurs approximately six to seven months after bloom, typically in September.
Wait until the pomegranates are fully ripe. They have a base color of yellow with a bit of light pink or red on top. If the fruits over-mature, they will crack open. Check after it rains, which can speed up the ripening process.
Tap the fruit that look fully ripe. Harvest if it makes a metallic sound like tapping your fingernail on a metal pot.
Continue to harvest the fruit as they ripen, which usually takes a couple of weeks.