How to Grow a Pomegranate Tree from Seeds


Pomegranate is a fruit praised by health experts as a vitamin-filled antioxidant. It appears in everything from yogurt to juice blends and even soft drinks. The pomegranate tree is native to Southeast Asia and has spread all through Europe; it was introduced into the United States by Spanish missionaries. The best way to propagate pomegranate trees is from hardwood cuttings, but growing them from seed also is a common and relatively simple process.

Step 1

Remove the skin from a pomegranate with a knife. Remove as much outer pulp as you can and rinse all the juice off the seeds. Let them dry and then store in a plastic baggie until spring.

Step 2

Fill a small pot with potting mix and plant the pomegranate seeds, no more than two or three to a pot. Make a hole with your finger, about a half inch into the soil, and put in the seed. Put the pot in a windowsill that gets at least six hours of sunshine a day, and keep the soil moist. The seeds should sprout in about two months.

Step 3

Prepare an outdoor bed in full sun and with good drainage. Break up the soil with your shovel to a depth of about 6 inches; mix in topsoil and smooth over with a rake.

Step 4

Wait until seedlings reach a height of about 2 inches, and then transplant into their outdoor home. Water thoroughly as soon as they are in the ground, and then water again every few days for the first two or three weeks, until the plant is established. After that, water once a week and fertilize lightly with ammonium sulfate three or four times the first year.

Tips and Warnings

  • When planting pomegranate trees from seed, you never really know what you're going to get--something you'll find again and again in the propagation of fruit trees. Seeds from a tasty cultivar like Wonderful can produce a small, bitter fruit that's nowhere near wonderful, due to seedling variation. That's why most cultivars are reproduced through hardwood cuttings.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic baggies
  • Topsoil
  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Shovel
  • Rake


  • Texas A&M Extension, Department of Horticultural Sciences
  • Purdue University
Keywords: pomegranate seedling, propagate pomegranate, plant pomegranate

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Thomas K. Arnold is the publisher and editorial director of Home Media Magazine and a regular contributor on entertainment to "USA Today", "The Hollywood Reporter," "San Diego Magazine" and other publications. An alumnus of San Diego State University, Arnold has appeared on such TV shows as "CNN", "E! Entertainment" and "G4's Attack of the Show" to discuss home entertainment and technology issues.