How to Plant Pomegranates from Seeds

Overview

If you've ever enjoyed a Shirley Temple, it was no doubt due to the flavor of grenadine, a syrup made from the juice of the pomegranate. The pomegranate tree, a bushy, sometimes thorny deciduous plant, thrives in hot, dry summers. The seeds of the fruit are easy to germinate and grow. The pomegranate tree is hardy to USDA zone 7.

Step 1

Cut open the pomegranate, then remove the seeds and place them in a colander. Run cool, fresh water over them until all traces of pulp are removed. Any pulp left on the seeds can cause the seeds to rot.

Step 2

Crush the outer coat, or aril, of the seeds and place them on a paper towel to dry.

Step 3

Pour the soil mix into a pot to within 3/4 of an inch of the top. Water the soil until it is saturated, then allow the water to drain well.

Step 4

Push the seeds, three to a pot, 1 inch into the soil. Cover the pot with a plastic bag and secure it with a rubber band or twist tie.

Step 5

Place the plastic-wrapped pot in a sunny location between 70 and 80 degrees F. Your pomegranate seeds should germinate in four to six weeks.

Step 6

Remove the pot from the plastic bag when the seeds have sprouted. Transplant the pomegranate seedlings into the garden eight weeks after germination.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you are using the seeds from a pomegranate that you purchased from a supermarket, your tree may not bear fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • 10-inch planting pot with holes in the bottom for drainage
  • Seed-starting soil mix
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Rubber band or twist tie

References

  • Texas A&M University
  • Purdue University

Who Can Help

  • How to Transplant a Small Pomegranate Tree
Keywords: starting pomegranates from seeds, propagating pomegranates, growing fruit from seeds

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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.