'Wonderful' pomegranate

MrClintApril 3, 2014

'Wonderful' pomegranate in bloom at the end of March this year:

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)

Very nice!

Tony

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 9:08AM
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MrClint

tonytran, thanks! This tree is very vigorous. I'm already Summer pruning the top branches.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 10:00AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I have two Wonderful pomegranate plants. They never bloomed in their containers. They were started from cuttings. They were planted in ground last summer when we moved to this house. Still no blooms, but I just noticed many blooms starting on both! YAY!

Yours look amazing!

Suzi

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 11:42AM
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fabaceae_native

When does the fruit ripen for you? I grow Wonderful in pots put in garage over winter. They don't flower until June, and the fruit ripens in October. I've always been amazed that it does not seem to ripen any earlier in warmer climates, even though it apparently flowers so much earlier!?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 1:03PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Gorgeous flowers.....too bad the taste of Wonderful is mediocre at best.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 4:06PM
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MrClint

fabaceae_native, 'Wonderful' starts ripening for me in October. 'Angel Red' can have some ready in September.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 4:12PM
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fabaceae_native

bamboo:
I'm not sure I've ever tasted anything but 'Wonderful' since it is the industry standard, right? Are other varieties really so much better (other than having softer seeds)? It still rates pretty well in all the stuff I've read.

Only real drawback to the variety that I can see is the late ripening...

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 12:34AM
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JoppaRich(7b)

I have a pomegranate that is clearly labeled as Wonderful. It has white flowers.

Any ideas?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 12:57AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Fabacae,

Wonderful is a bit like a red delicious apple.....the breeders picked it because it grows well, is large and pretty,same reason why we have the tasteless red delicious apples. Mind you I said a BIT LIKE as Wonderful unlike Red delicious is still a fairly good pom.

In taste tests Wonderful is always middle to lower third of the pack when it comes to taste. Salavatski, Desertnyi and Asperonski are three that outshine Wonderful among MANY others.....but the fruit is not as pretty or as large. I am in no way an expert.....I grow 26 types of poms and have tasted 15 or so varieties I guess at this point.

Another one I really like is Vietnam.....which comes from India, confusing isn't it? It is an actual evergreen pom that is yellow on the outside and the most wonderful juice. Of the rest of my varieties I have 1 of each.on the Vietnam I have 4 which shows how much I like it.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 8:11AM
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MrClint

JoppaRich, I would have to say that you don't have a 'Wonderful' pom. :)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 10:58AM
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melikeeatplants

Very nice looking pom.... how old is it? How many of those flowers will become fruit?

I have 4 Poms but they are young and most flowers drop and just a few fruit. This is their 3rd growing season coming so I hope more will set....

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 11:32AM
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larry_gene

They bloom reliably up here in Portland in June-July, very attractive parking strip shrub.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 10:58PM
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MrClint

melikeeatplants, thanks! I stopped keeping track of the age of many of my trees a few years ago. The first few years were focused on pruning and shaping. This will be the first year that I plan to thin the fruit, as I just don't need that many poms for my wife and I. Here is the tree after heavy Winter pruning this year:

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 11:04PM
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MrClint

larry_gene, Wonderful is an excellent piece of fruit down here. Beautiful blooms, foliage and reliable bearer. Not a demanding tree at all, except that I keep it heavily pruned to retain the size and shape that I want.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 11:20PM
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kingwood(9)

I grow garnet sash, angel red, parfianka, and wonderful. Have grown more but pulled them do to problems with rot in this humidity. For my tastes, wonderful at its best is hard to beat.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 5:56PM
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MrClint

'Wonderful' is setting fruit nicely right now, and still blooming:

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 10:45AM
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sheeba123

what kind of pomegranate can grow in FL zone 10, I had one for couple years only it didn't grow well.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:43PM
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