Pomegranates (Punica granatum) are perennial small trees or shrubs of the Punicaceae family. Native to the area from northern India to Iran, the pomegranate prefers semiarid mild-temperate to subtropical environments. Pomegranate trees are typically propagated by cuttings.
Pomegranate tree cuttings root quite easily. Plants grown from cuttings typically bear pomegranate fruit in about three years.
Cuttings should be taken from branches ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. Cuttings should be about 1 foot to 20 inches long.
Cuttings should be taken from the pomegranate tree during its dormant period, typically November through January.
Pomegranate cuttings should only be taken from mature trees about one year old.
Pomegranate tree cuttings should have their leaves removed before treating them with rooting hormone. Cuttings are then planted up to two-thirds of their length in a rooting medium.
Pomegranates can also be raised from seeds, but many seedlings don't grow true. Most seedlings also produce weaker pomegranate trees.
- Purdue University: Pomegranate Propagation
- Arizona Cooperative Extension's Backyard Gardener: Growing Pomegranates
- University of California: Growing Pomegranates in California
- California Rare Fruit Growers: Pomegranate
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