Pomegranate in North Central NC

jenrn123(z7A NC)January 3, 2006

Hi all...

I'm very interested in attempting to grow a pomegranate on my farm in Person County (Roxboro area). I wonder if anyone out there in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area has had any success with this? I know that my area would be pushing the outer limits for climate conditions, but I have a protected area where I think it might do ok. Also, if anyone out there does have a good fruiting pomegranate would you be willing to send me a cutting of your plant, or if you are local I could pick it up. I understand that pomegranates are very easy to root and if you can find one that sets fruit well in the area you are living you may be beter off with a cutting of that plant instead of purchasing a questionable fruiter via mail order.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Jen

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tamelask(z8a NC)

i talked to some lady that was a member of a local herb society about pomegrantes in this area at the fair. don't recall her name, but that may be a lead for you to ck into. she said good cultivars will definitely set fruit in our area, and within a yr or 2, at that. the one i have hasn't set flowers or fruit in several yrs and i'm ready to chuck it. the blooms are gorgeous. there was one at mordecai garden when i used to volunteer, but it's anyone's guess if it's still there. it would set fruit, but i don't know if they ripened. oh, the herb lady mentioned the dwarf selection- nana- sets decent sized fruit that generally ripen up. i think that's the direction i'm going to try next. the dwarfs are widely available. if you get a good lead on a full size one, let me know. thanks, tammy

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 11:46PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

There's a pomegranate at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh that bears a lot of fruit. It's well over 8' tall.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 8:41AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

However, I'm not sure if the fruit ripened or not.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 10:11AM
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chapelhillgardener(7a NC OrangeCo)

there's some good pomegranate info on the link below. i've been considering giving it a try myself, even though everything i've read about growing it in nc suggests the best chance for fruit production & ripening is in areas south and east of raleigh.

Here is a link that might be useful: nc state fruit site

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 10:52AM
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trianglejohn

My friend Trina (a garden webber) has grown them from store bought fruit's seeds! And her tree was a decent size. She told me how long it took but I don't remember what it was. I was impressed & may just have to eat some to get the seeds.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 5:06PM
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chapelhillgardener(7a NC OrangeCo)

i saved the seeds from the ones we snacked on over the holidays ... john, did she actually get ripened fruit?
if so, that's exciting news.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 5:09PM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

My son meets a lot of people with his work and one day he was at someone's home and saw all this fruit laying on the ground and the tree just loaded with fruit. He didn't know what it was but ask the lady about them. She offered him some and well, he's not my son for nothing (lol). Anyway, I have several laying on my back deck. I still need to clean it, it's nice and squooshy looking, but if you would like to try some from seed, I should have plenty. She didn't know the cultivar, but it seems to be prolific as far as fruiting and has thrived in the High Point area of NC.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2006 at 10:02AM
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rootdiggernc(Z-7A NC)

Well, forget that idea. I just went out and cut one open and they're one of the seedless cultivars.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2006 at 10:19AM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

oooh- was the fruit good tasting, debra? a seedless pomegranate sounds good. i know it'd do no good for the poster, but i didn't even realize there was such an animal out there. if there's no fruit w/o seed, i wouldn't be interested, though. i want the goods! :) tammy

    Bookmark   January 10, 2006 at 11:22AM
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Brian_M2(z7 NC)

This thread is really old, but has anybody located any pomegranates that bear fruit around the Raleigh area? I know of two...right in front of Neomonde bakery on Beryl Road. I was there in September and the trees had quite a few nice-sized fruits on them. Any more around here?

    Bookmark   December 4, 2008 at 9:08PM
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