Problem with pomegranate
I present to you a problem of mine to which no one until now has been able to help me or give me correct advice.
Two years ago I bought a pomegranate plant. It was planted by the gardener in April 2009. This plant has never grown. Unfortunately, he drew water from the lawn irrigation system. When I saw that the few leaves curled they told me to give more water. The plant has therefore been in this situation throughout the 2009 and even 2010 season.
Thanks to the information taken on the network I realized that the pomegranate does not need water and that it needs good drainage. My land is very clayey and I remember that when they planted the plant they did not do any type of drainage. I UNDERSTAND after 2 years what my pomegranate had!
Around October November 2010 I decided to redo the hole. I pulled up the plant, I redid the hole trying to create a minimum of drainage at the base and I replanted the pomegranate. I must say that the roots made me quite sorry considering the advanced age of the plant. I put some manure around and on top of it that stayed all winter and spring.
The plant sprouted in the spring. Those few shoots she made weren't bad either, but I didn't see any growth improvements. Indeed on a log of the 3 he did practically nothing. Now it takes practically only rainwater or in case of extreme drought.
I am quite disheartened because I took a plant that I had an expert planting thinking of avoiding mistakes and instead I find myself chasing problems without having unfortunately never had assistance. Surely the plant has suffered in recent years, but since this is the third year it has been growing and I don't see any improvement, do you think I have to wait any longer? Do I have to prune it and be patient? I never pruned it also because there were not many branches. The position of the pomegranate is quite favorable since in the area my other neighbors have pomegranate without any problem.
I hope you can help me
Dear Christian, welcome to our website, the site of those who love greenery and plants. Seeing the photo of the pomegranate in question, you immediately notice one thing: the plant has no air in the ground. The soil is asphyxiated and this lack of oxygen in the macropores of the soil is reflected in a lack of oxygen for the plant which is unable to carry out its vital functions. A good solution is certainly the one she has adopted, namely re-implantation. Removing the plant and replanting it was a great choice although it probably had to add more soil mixed with pumice stone to improve the texture of the soil. It has probably used an excessive amount of fertilizer and this is not positive because in clayey soils the excess of fertilizer has the consequence of humification and indirectly the increase of water stagnation. Furthermore, the pomegranate plant is a plant that suffers a lot when it is planted too low even if this particular in transplanting is often underestimated.
As a solution to your problems, if you do not intend to transplant the pomegranate again, we can recommend some simple but necessary and very useful interventions. First of all, remove the organic substance that is around the trunk of the plant and replace it with lapillus or mulching bark. This operation is necessary to better aerate that area of the soil. You also eliminate the excess grass near the plant trying to keep this area as clean as possible. Finally, if you want to add soil, remember to give soil mixed with pumice stones and never manure, to try to increase the oxygen in the soil.
Pomegranate bonsai, how to cure it
The pomegranate is a beautiful plant that delights us for its enchanting flowers and for its very particular and really good fruits without forgetting that it is also a dyeing plant. The plant can be grown in the garden as a tree or shrub and for some years also as bonsai. Let's find out some useful tips for obtaining pomegranate bonsai.
The species and varieties of pomegranate
Pomegranate is a well-known plant and used by man since ancient times. His name is Punica granatum and belongs to the Punicaceae family, the fruit is commonly known as pomegranate ("apple with many seeds").
The plant can be a shrub or small tree which has all the Mediterranean regions and it is of such rusticity to the point that it has often escaped cultivation by naturalizing itself in the environment.
There are numerous variety pomegranate because it easily crosses creating an infinite number of variations which, however, do not present stable characters in subsequent generations, unlike those we mention in this article. Punica granatum 'Nejikan': widely used in Japan also for the construction of bonsai because its bark twists counterclockwise with increasing age, making red flowers and fruits smaller than the common pomegranate. Punica granatum 'Nana': for bonsai enthusiasts it is the ideal variety for the creation of bonsai because it is easily found in nurseries makes flowers, fruits and leaves smaller than the common pomegranate the only problem is that being plants grown for the garden, and not for bonsai, they are always with the trunk straight and rigid.
A bonsai from cutting
It can be easily reproduced even from seed, but the shortest way is undoubtedly there reproduction by cuttings. Better to use lignified branches at least the previous year and do the cutting in the period that goes from March to June.
We suggest using cuttings about 10-12 cm long taken from a branch that has already bloomed in the previous year to have a greater chance of more consistent blooms. This would not happen if you used growth branches or even worse suckers.
A horizontal cut (and not oblique!) to facilitate the emission of radial roots. Any small leaves present must be cut by reducing their surface by 50%, with a perfectly cut scissors. Those closest to the ground must be remove.
The topsoil in which they will be planted will be composed of 75% akadama and 25% pozzolan with a grain size from 2 to 5 mm, suitably sieved and washed or, alternatively, gravel with the same size. Useful to use rooting hormones even if the pomegranate has great ability to root autonomously.
The inclination that will be given to the cutting will determine a style formal erect if planted perfectly straight, or moyogi if instead it will be placed at an angle.
Once the wetting has been carried out, it will be placed in a bright area, but not in direct sunlight, and sheltered from the wind. Subsequently and gradually you can increase exposure to the sun and air and start some light ones fertilization. No other intervention should be done until following spring when the vegetative awakening will allow transplanting into pots for cultivation and thus begin the path for the formation of the bonsai.
It is pruning that involves cutting large branches, but you must pay attention to the period in which it is carried out, since the pomegranate is easy to lymph withdrawal. Better to be patient and make the cuts in the spring after vegetative awakening, then covering the wound with healing mastic containing hormones.
The shape retention instead it requires pruning in spring to eliminate excessive growth and crossings between the branches that will inevitably have occurred. A second containment pruning it can also be done in autumn, in order to give the plant time and opportunity to heal the small cuts.
Stapling means that light pruning of the twigs that grow from spring to summer. When these have reached 5-6 leaflets they will be able to leave only two. It is evident that since it is a flowering and fruiting plant the goal of the bonsaista is that of obtain fruiting and, considering that the pomegranate blooms only at the ends of the branches, pinching becomes a determining factor. In summary, if you pinch continuously you will not get flowers, if not clipped, the bonsai will lose its silhouette.
First of all, the growth rate of the plant to get in tune with his times. Considering that the flowers that grow in spring are very unlikely to give rise to fruit, it's worthwhile renounce their presence and pinch the shoots to increase branching until the end of May.
From here on, the branches will be allowed to grow freely, observing that some of these will lead to their extremity la flower bud from which the desired fruit will be born. The remaining branches that will not have the flower bud will have to be pruned short.
Normally repotting is done every couple of years to keep the bonsai in good health and the best time to do this is around 5-7 days after vegetative awakening.
On this occasion we will proceed to the root cleaning untangling them from intertwining and overlapping, eliminating those that are too large and those that have taken a wrong direction also using a jet of water to eliminate the residues of the old soil. There root reduction it can even reach 50% if the plant is very young and a reduction of 30% if the plant has acquired a certain maturity.
The new topsoil to be used could be composed of one part of peat, one part of sieved and washed pozzolan (or sharp gravel) and four parts of akadama.
Some useful tips
The pomegranate does not like being in an environment excessively humid, the soil must be allowed to dry a lot, before wetting it again. Demands good fertilization throughout the vegetative period, with the exception of July and August, using organic fertilizer for flowering bonsai.
Being a Mediterranean plant, it fits well in total sun exposure and in a ventilated area. During the winter it must be protected in cold greenhouse and not in a heated place. As with all flowering plants, the choice of the pot must be careful, prefer a vase rather deep, which ensures good drainage.
(Taken from Vivai Ghellere, GD 11-12 / 2014)
Problem with pomegranate - garden
The Hicaz pomegranate belongs to the Punic family. This type of pomegranate is a medium tree plant and has a bushy habit. The leaves have an entire margin, are elongated and bright green in color. The flowers bloom in June and July and are red, ripening in October. The fruit is red with yellow hues. The shape of the pomegranate is similar to that of an apple, with a rather dark red pulp and a sweet flavor. It contains numerous seeds, which are difficult to separate from the pulp. From the latter you can extract a juice that is used to make excellent juices.
The Hicaz pomegranate is planted in a very well drained soil, even stony and poor. We undoubtedly choose a very bright and sunny position, as a pomegranate placed in the shade will produce little fruit and will tend to deteriorate irreparably over the years. Pomegranates tolerate winter temperatures close to -10 ° C, even if a small plant recently planted may need the protection of a non-woven fabric in case of very intense frosts. These plants tolerate drought very well and do not tolerate stagnation of water. Every year we must limit ourselves to eliminating the twigs that have already produced fruit. For the mass, make a hole 40/50 cm deep and 50 cm wide, work the bottom well and add soil to facilitate the development of the roots, then cover the hole with the soil previously extracted, alternating with watering to make the earth compact to the roots. of the plant.
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Can i drink pomegranate juice with diabetes?
Diabetes pomegranate juice is much cheaper to take than the fruit itself. There is no need to get rid of the holes. But you need to understand that the juice has a high concentration of its constituent substances. Contains acids that can irritate the gastrointestinal mucosa. If you have diabetes, doctors recommend using more fluids. This will ensure the restoration of the sea salt balance. You can drink both water and structured juices, which include pomegranate drink.
Pomegranate juice in type 2 diabetes supports pancreatic function and improves blood composition. All this together increases the effectiveness of therapeutic manipulations and improves the patient's condition. Among other things, the drink strengthens the immune system and has an antiseptic effect on the body. When combined with honey, pomegranate juice can prevent the development of complications of the disease.
Drinking the drink should be daily, but in small portions. It is recommended to dilute it with warm water or carrot juice. For the elderly, the juice is helpful in its ability to have a laxative effect, which is important for long-term constipation. It also normalizes the bladder and improves appetite.
Warning! 70 drops of juice should be diluted with 50 ml of water. The resulting tool is taken 20-30 minutes before meals.
Problem with pomegranate - garden
I have a problem to submit to you.
Last weekend I planted a pomegranate tree, those
"decorative" for the garden.
Up to now I have followed the advice of the gardener: wet it with a
bucket and not with a direct jet of water and I left the base free
of the trunk from the ground.
Today, however, I realize that the leaves and buds of my pomegranate are a little
limp, almost withered.
Do you have any idea what the problem might be?
I bathe it every night with about 2 liters of water. Maybe that's too little for
my tree? (about 150 cm in height and 10 cm in diameter of the trunk).
I know it is a plant that lives in hot countries and needs little water..in
more in these days the weather was not excessively hot.
I also thought the problem could be the loose earth at the base
of the trunk, object of desire of some cat ..
I don't know what to do. Can anyone help me?
if it is not enough to increase the irrigation, try to explain how and where you have
planted (was the plant potted?), how much drainage did you provide etc.
G> Last weekend I planted a pomegranate tree, those
G> "decorative" for the garden.
G> Up to now I have followed the gardener's advice: wet it with a
G> bucket and not with a direct jet of water and I left free
G> the base of the trunk from the ground.
In what sense "free"? The roots must be covered with earth up to
collar at the base of the trunk and you have to be careful that they are not there
air pockets around it when filling the implantation hole.
G> Today, however, I notice that the leaves and buds of my pomegranate
G> they are a bit limp, almost withered.
Having it transplanted in full flowering season is not unlikely
that it is stressed and that the roots have also suffered some damage: I have
I planted a pomegranate too this year, but in February, and I have it too
pruned to reduce nutrient requirements until the roots do
they were well strengthened (even so, for a year or two I do not expect
flowers or fruits).
G> Do you have any idea what the problem might be?
G> I bathe him every night with about 2 liters of water. Maybe that's too much
G> little for my tree? (about 150 cm in height and 10 cm in
G> trunk diameter).
Two liters may not be enough, including evaporation, transpiration and
poor root efficiency also tries to tuck the earth up a little
around the trunk to cover the roots well, and maybe even cover them with
some dry grass, straw or peat, which retain moisture in the
soil and avoid overheating of the latter. If possible,
surround the plant with a ring of earth and fill it with water (ten
liters) every day, preferably in the morning, and spray a little
even the leaves (NEVER with the sun).
It would probably also have been appropriate to prune it a bit to reduce it
the foliage certainly the season is quite advanced for a transplant,
also as a vase.
With a little 'calm should recover and take root well: then
you can also give him universal fertilizer to help him (now he would
more harm than good), preferably with a high content of P and K.
G> I know it is a plant that lives in hot countries and needs little
G> water ..
A little water when it is well settled is also not really
"tropical": it grows quietly even in Northern Italy, as long as it is
in the sun.
G> I also thought that the problem could be the loose earth at the
G> base of the trunk, object of desire of some cat.
I believe only an adult Maine Coon with a miner's instinct could
create serious damage. :-)
jake || University of Padua - Italy /
Contraindications of the pomegranate
Consumed in high doses (which is however rare) and especially if the extract obtained from the bark is taken, pomegranate can be toxic and cause sweating, dizziness, tachycardia and breathing difficulties.
Attention then if you are diabetic or if you are following a diet to keep blood sugar at bay, it is in fact a fruit rich in sugars to be consumed in moderation in the cases indicated and only after consulting your doctor or nutritionist.
Finally, since it is a blood thinner, in case you take anticoagulants it is good to inform your doctor before consuming it.
Types of pomegranate trees
Among the pomegranate varieties there are several that ripen earlier, which are recommended for gardeners growing in the coastal regions of USDA zones 8-10 as summers are mild. Areas with long, hot summers can grow almost any type of pomegranate fruit tree.
The following are some of the pomegranate varieties available but by no means a complete list:
- Sienevy it has large and soft seeded fruits, with a sweet taste like a watermelon. The skin is pink with dark purple arils. This is one of the most popular types of pomegranate trees.
- Parfianka is another soft seeded variety with bright red skin and pink arils that are extremely juicy with a wine-like flavor.
- Desertnyi, a soft-seeded type with a mild, sweet tart citrus note .
- Angel Red it is a soft seeded fruit, very juicy with bright red skin and arils. This is a heavy producer and a great choice for juicers.
- Sin Pepe, meaning "seedless" (also known as Pink Ice and Pink Satin) is also a soft seed with a fruit punch-like flavor from its light pink arils.
- The Ariana, another soft-seeded fruit, does best in warm inland regions.
- Gissarskii Rozovyi it's a pastry tart soft, delicately half-destroyed, with a light pink skin and arils.
- The Kashmiri blend has seeds of medium hardness. The crust is red with a yellowish-green tinge and a tart that draws in the red arils born from a small tree. Good fruit for cooking, especially for use with proteins.
- Hard seeded types are best for juicing and include " Al Sirin Nar " is " Kara Gul ".
- Golden Globe it is a good choice for the coast, with soft arids born from bright red / orange flowers that are prolific for a long season. The pomegranate types best suited for coastal regions (Sunset zone 24) are shorter seasonal trees and are not recommended for warmer climates.
- Eversweet it is a red fruit with clear arils that do not stain. Eversweet can be a biennial bearer depending on the region.
- Granada it is sweet and slightly acidulous with a dark red skin and medium-sized fruit.
- Francis, originating from Jamaica, is sensitive to frost with large sweet fruits.
- The sweet is a large fruit variety with light red / pink pomegranates. The dessert is sweet, as the name suggests, and is an early variety, extremely productive and also sensitive to frost.