One of the best ways to plant a pomegranate tree is with a hardwood cutting. Your tree will begin rooting within the next year without you having to go through the long process of germinating a seed and caring for seedlings. Plants get to be 15 to 20 feet high and have been known to live for up to 200 years. Pomegranate plants can withstand cold temperatures that range down to 10 F degrees. If you already have a few pomegranate trees you can make your own plant cuttings to extend the amount of plants you have.
Wait until your pomegranate trees are dormant in the winter or late fall to begin taking hardwood cuttings. There should be no signs of growth on your trees when you begin.
Start in the early morning by dipping your pruning scissors in rubbing alcohol to sterilize them. This prevents any diseases from transmitting from one plant to the next.
Choose the healthiest-looking pomegranate plants to take your cuttings from. There should be no sign of disease. Tie a ribbon around each new shoot you want to take a cutting from. Shoots should be new growth from the past growing season. Each shoot should be at least 1/4 inch in diameter.
Cut each shoot diagonally to a length of 8 to 10 inches long. Remove the ribbons from your plants.
Place your cuttings in clear plastic bags and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them.