Pomegranate from seed

bumblebees_mom(z9 Jax, FL)January 16, 2006

Has anyone tried this and can anyone tell me if any special treatment is needed? I have tried planting seeds before and have had no luck but I've heard it can be done.

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sean(Vancouver BC 8B)

They germinate easily with a little bit of heat.

Just remove from the skin, crush the aril and dry the juice with a paper towel so it does not mold while germinating and plant in a sterile soiless medium right away. No stratification required, just plant right out of the fruit.
Cover with plastic and keep warm (70F - 80F) till it germinates. 4 - 6 weeks.

I have started them several times each winter when the fruit is available at the grocery stores.

I have one plant that is 7 years old that I take cuttings from that also root easily. I have started cuttings with and without rooting hormone with little failure.

Cheers,
Sean

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 10:35AM
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bumblebees_mom(z9 Jax, FL)

Thanks Sean, maybe it wasn't warm enough. Also even though I did remove the outer pulp to the best of my ability, a little sill hangs on and that started to mold.

-Shipra

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 12:10PM
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sean(Vancouver BC 8B)

You can also store some seed dry in a Ziploc baggie till spring and pot up outdoors when the daytime temps are back up to the 70's regularly and they will still sprout. You might have better luck with them outside germinating.

I find indoor artificial conditions will keep seed either too dry, killing the germinating seed or too wet because we overcompensate with too much water causing mold.
I mist my indoor seed mix just moist enough then cover, completely sealing the bag to maintain even humidity.

If you still have problems with mold, I would suggest washing the seed in a sieve with tap water to remove the whole aril and all traces of juice before planting. That should eliminate problems with mold.

Cheers,
Sean

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 10:54PM
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robynlacy

I also water with cool chamomile tea a great antifungal. Stops Damp-off too.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 10:57AM
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bumblebees_mom(z9 Jax, FL)

Sean and Robyn, thank you for all the tips. Sean, I wasn't sure how long the seeds are viable, but now that I know they will last I have kept some aside to plant in the spring.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 2:56PM
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izzym999(USDA zone 10)

I've grown quite of lot of pomegranates from seed here in S Spain, and the seed keeps for years if you keep it cool and dry.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Pomegranate form Seed

    Bookmark   August 24, 2010 at 9:59AM
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insipidtoast

Why would you want to do this? Pomegranates aren't true to seed and don't graft.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 7:04PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Possible reasons:

1. Just for the fun of it.
2. As an education tool for a child interested in poms.
3. To develop a new cultivars!!!
4. Because of a lack of knowledge concerning using cuttings to propagate a choice cultivar.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 12:50AM
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