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How to Plant Pomegranate Seeds

By Katherine Kally ; Updated September 21, 2017

Pomegranate is a mild-temperate to sub-tropical fruit bush or tree you can grow from seeds, straight from the fruit you purchase in the grocery store. Established pomegranate plants are drought tolerant and can withstand temperatures down to 12 degrees Fahrenheit, but the plant may not produce fruit in areas with extended cold periods. Pomegranates will grow in most types of soil, as long as the soil offers good drainage.

Remove the seeds from your pomegranate, clean them with water and place them on a paper towel to dry. Pomegranate bushes or trees that are grown from grocery fruit seeds may or may not produce fruit. They will produce an ornamental plant that grows well indoors in containers, or outside in the garden.

Scrape the sides of each seed lightly with a plant file. Scarification helps the pomegranate seeds germinate.

Fill a small container 1 inch from the top with a quality potting soil. Look for mixtures that contain peat, vermiculite and perlite. Moisten the soil before you plant the seeds.

Plant the dry pomegranate seeds 1/4 inch deep into the center of the container. Water the seeds well and keep them moist until germination. Make sure that the seed container receives at least six hours of full sun daily. Seedlings can begin to sprout within six to eight weeks.

Transplant the seedlings to a sunny location in your garden during early spring or early fall. You can also keep them indoors in containers year-round. Pomegranate plants have thorns, so be careful as you repot them into larger containers or in the garden.


Things You Will Need

  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Paper towel
  • Plant file
  • Small pot
  • Potting soil


  • Propagate pomegranates from a hard cutting to grow trees or bushes that have a better chance of producing fruit.

About the Author


Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.