Purple Heart has deep red arils and deep red skin. Fruit weight is 1.89 lbs. Ripens late December in Ria Vista, CA. Space 10' circle Zones 8-9
|Humidity Tolerance||Very Good|
|Wet Soil Tolerance||Poor|
|No Spray||Very Good|
|Fresh for Kids||Very Good|
|This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome|
There are some 1,000 varieties of pomegranate with only one "wonderful" variety being grown in CA. Dr Levin a Russian scientist has spent most of his life selecting and breeding pomegranates in the former USSR. When the USSR disbanded, Levin's experiment station suffered the loss of funding the USSR had provided. For 2 years he attempted to keep the station viable. Before leaving the station he sent some of his best selections of around 40 years work to different horticultural institutions around the world. One of his selections we call Russian, has fruited yearly and ripened its fruit with no winter damage since it's been planted here in Afton VA zone 7.
Dr Levin, the California Rare Fruit Growers, writer Barbara L Baer, University of CA at Davis and other pioneers have been instrumental in bringing approximately 60 varieties from Russia into the US.
Pomegranate prefer semi arid and mild temperate climate, cool winters, hot summers. It can grow in the sunniest part of the yard, although they will grow in partial shade.
Well drained, thrives on calcareous soil, sandy soil as well as rock gravel.
Can take considerable drought but must be irrigated for fruit production.
10-10-10 pellets in the fall and spring or any balanced organic fertilizer or well composted manure.
Pomegranate develop into round bushy small trees 6 to 8 feet tall except dwarf varieties ranging from 3 to 7 feet. Pomegranates in warmer, long season growing areas may be larger bushes up to 15 feet tall. Let 4 or 5 shoots develop evenly around stem the first or second year. For 3 years branches should be shortened to encourage new shoots. Pomegranate may begin to bear one year after planting.
When the fruit turns greenish pale or lighter color in the fall it's time to harvest. The interior separated by membranous walls harbor fleshy, juicy, red to pink edible grains. You can cut the hard shell in two halves and eat the grains or it can be squeezed like an orange. Pomegranate enters into the combination of numerous eastern dishes: stews, salad, spices, jellies and has a long history of medicinal uses.
In the 16th Century, the Spaniards carried some across the seas thus avoiding scurvy and it's syrup "Grenadine" has a global outreach.
By all means, acquire one pomegranate and plant it in your front yard, backyard, if not as a decorative as a ornamental edible for your health and the enjoyment of your children.
If you are in a colder winter area for transplanting pomegranate in the fall, it is our advise not to plant in the quart size until next spring after frost in May or June in your area. You may grow it indoors in a larger pot or protect it from temperatures below 25 degrees F in cool storage. If stored do not let it dry out. Our warranty does not cover winter kill on pomegranate when planted in marginal areas in the fall. If you must plant outside, chose a site protected from the wind and mulch around Thanksgiving to Christmas about 3" deep and about a 3' circle. As they grow choose 2 to 3 branches for trunks and shape with an open center. Skin of pomegranate are thin and can be injured in winter by sun warming the tissue to quickly. Some mulch helps but latex paint 50 percent plus water applied from ground up to 1 foot will protect best.