How to Propagate Pomegranate Trees

Overview

The pomegranate has been a popular icon in Egyptian mythology, the Old Testament and art throughout history. It's believed to be an aphrodisiac, as well. Pomegranate trees are native to Iran and Northern India. They have been cultivated for centuries in Asia, Africa and Europe. However, the tree can be propagated in any area with mild winters and hot summers. Pomegranates have been grown outdoors in states such as Washington, Colorado, Utah or Washington D.C., and can be grown indoors just about anywhere.

Step 1

Remove a hardwood cutting in February or March from a 1-year or older tree. Cut the shoot diagonally from the tree in a length measuring 12 inches. Make sure the diameter of the shoot is at least the size of a pencil.

Step 2

Dust your hardwood cutting with root hormone to promote root growth.

Step 3

Fill a 10-inch or larger pot with acidic and loamy soil. Make sure your pot has good drainage.

Step 4

Plant the cutting so that about two-thirds of the shoot is in the soil, and at least one or two buds are showing.

Step 5

Place your pomegranate shoot in a sunny and warm window indoors. Give your plant enough water to dampen the soil over two weeks.

Step 6

Decide if you want to keep your plant indoors or out the following spring. You can transplant your tree outdoors in areas that never reach below 12 degrees F.

Step 7

Transplant your tree by digging a hole large enough to cover the roots. Space each tree 18 feet apart.

Step 8

Give your pomegranate tree 2 pounds of 8-8-8 fertilizer in early spring and late fall of each year. Use 4 pounds of fertilizer on fully matured trees.

Things You'll Need

  • Hardwood cutting
  • Root hormone
  • 10-inch pot
  • Acidic potting soil
  • 8-8-8 fertilizer

References

  • Purdue University: Pomegranate
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Backyard Gardener
  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Pomegranate Fruit Facts

Who Can Help

  • University of California: Fruit & Nut Research
Keywords: growing pomegranate trees, planting fruit trees, propagating cuttings

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for over 15 years. Coe is the former publisher of the politics and art magazine Flesh from Ashes. She has worked to protect water and air quality. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University.