How to Prune Pomegranates


The pomegranate requires a lot of pruning because it is naturally bushy, and if you want it to be shaped as a tree, it takes even more pruning. It produces more fruit when pruned less, but looks beautiful either way when added to landscaping. Pruning should be done in early spring.

Step 1

Put on the work gloves. Look for small shoots, twigs or suckers on the main trunk of the pomegranate. Trim these off with the pruning scissors.

Step 2

Apply pruning salve on the open cuts on the trunk to protect the tree from insects or bacteria.

Step 3

Use the pruning shears to shape the pomegranate, pruning the branches back to the closest node at the point at which you want to cut it. To shape it like a tree, trim the branches into an oval shape, starting at the bottom.

Step 4

Tie the pomegranate's trunk to a stake in the ground right next to it. This is to help support the pomegranate, as the wood is very soft and can be blown by strong winds easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning scissors and shears
  • Gloves, if desired
  • Pruning salves
  • Wooden or metal stake
  • Metal wire, string or twine


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