How to Grow a Pomegranate Tree From a Seed

Overview

Pomegranate trees are medium-sized, reaching a height of 2 m. They have small, glossy leaves on red stems and produce orange flowers in late spring and summer. The fruit is round with red skin. Inside the fruit are hundreds of little seed cells, full of tart juice. While pomegranate trees mostly are propagated from cuttings because seeds sometimes don't grow true, they are easy to germinate and can be grown from at home.

Step 1

Select seeds from an overripe pomegranate fruit. The skin of the fruit will be very tough and appear wrinkled.

Step 2

Cut the fruit open and remove some of the flesh within. Each little cell in the flesh will contain a seed. Press each seed cell flat on a paper towel to remove the juice.

Step 3

Place the pomegranate seeds in lukewarm water and wash off any juice. Dry the seeds on a paper towel.

Step 4

Cut the disposable cups down to around 3 inches high and poke holes in the bottom for drainage.

Step 5

Mix equal amounts of potting soil and sand and fill the disposable cups and water thoroughly.

Step 6

Sow several pomegranate seeds in each cup approximately 1/4 inch deep in the soil mixture.

Step 7

Place the each cup in a medium-sized, zip-top plastic bag and seal it. Place the cups in a warm place to allow the seeds to germinate.

Step 8

Check the pomegranate seeds in about two to three weeks to see if they have sprouted. Once the seedlings have three to four leaves on them, you can transplant each seedling to its own 1-gallon container.

Things You'll Need

  • Disposable drinking cups
  • Potting soil
  • Coarse sand
  • Medium-sized zip-top plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • 1-gallon containers

References

  • Texas Cooperative Extension
  • Purdue University Center for New Crops & Plants Products
  • Pomegranate
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