what to do with pom leafing out now?

cousinfloydNovember 12, 2012

I have a rooting of a pomegranate that I'd really like to save, but I could use advice on what to do with it. It was a layering from another tree that I separated a couple months ago. It was losing its leaves when I separated it from the parent tree, so for better or worse, I brought it in the house and put it in a warm, sunny window. It lost all its leaves anyways, but it started growing fresh leaves about a week ago. It's very small (probably not much bigger in diameter than a pencil lead), but the new little leaves look healthy and green. My main question is what to do now? Can I keep it growing all winter and take it outside in the spring? Do I need to get it to go dormant again somehow? Thanks for any advice!

-Eric

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Eric:

I'll throw in my 2c worth just to get the discussion started. I think you did the right thing and can leave it indoors until after last frost next spring. Pomegranates are listed as 100-200 hrs chilling. Not sure that has anything to do with it but low chilling stuff like that often doesn't realize it missed winter. So yours will have a really long summer and carry on next year.

Putting it outside without established roots might kill it.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:18AM
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olympia_gardener(5)

Let cutting grows inside throughout the winter is what I will do.
In zone 5, I grow Pom in the pot. I bring it in when leaves all fall off. Then put the pot in unheated garage. The tree looks like dead but when it sees the sign of spring, it will send out new leaves in no time...
However, I have a dwarf ornamental type Pom, nana, that grows like evergreen inside under house temperature.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 10:39AM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

I agree with fruitnut. The chill hours would matter more if it was going to fruit. Just make sure it does not dry out and it will get a jump start on next spring.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 2:32PM
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cousinfloyd

Thanks, everyone, for the advice. If it will tolerate an extra long growing season, that sounds great. Thank again.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 10:10PM
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