Pomegranates are a type of fruit with a sweet taste and red color. They have been cultivated since ancient times and they were first brought into cultivation in China around 500 BC. Today, there are over 100 varieties of pomegranate available worldwide. The variety known as “Citrus aurantium” (or “Chinese pear”) is the most popular one used in Chinese cuisine. There are several other types of pomegranates including the “Sapphire” or “Perrier” pomegranate, the “Mint” or “Lavender” pomegranate, the “Hazelnut” or “Chocolate Hazelnut”, and others.
The name ‘pomegranate’ comes from the Latin word ‘pomum’, which means seed. The term ‘porridge’ was originally applied to a kind of fruit called ‘porculine’.
The English word ‘porridge’ derives from the French word ‘porter’, meaning to grind.
Planting Pomegranate Trees: How To Grow A Pomegranate Tree From Seeds
How to plant pomegranates from seeds?
You need to choose the right soil and make sure that your plants will get enough water during their growth period.
Grow pomegranates in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH between 6 and 7. Pomegranate trees prefer loose, deep soil.
They will not tolerate water logging. So, prior to planting your trees, it is important to prepare their planting holes. Dig the holes about 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. When you turn the soil over, it should look like chocolate cake–with slightly raised clods. The planting holes should be about the same size as the root ball.
Before planting your pomegranates, soak the seeds in water for 1 to 2 days. This will help the seeds break their shells and aid in planting.
Pomegranate trees can be planted anytime of the year, but spring (March to May) is best. Plant your pomegranates during the early spring or fall.
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