Red Velvet Pomegranate- Pack contains 1 plant

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Red Velvet Pomegranate trees produce medium sized fruit which has dark pink to red skin with a rich red juice coming from the pulp.

This tried and tested pomegranate variety is perfect to use as a feature tree, for fruit production, or planted 2m apart for a hedge. Australian growers have had great results with this variety. This pomegranate is a large shrub with lush, green foliage. Pomegranates are deciduous to semi-deciduous in Australia, depending on the local climate.

This pomegranate is self-pollinating and great for large tubs. Flowers are a very attractive vibrant orange!
Why buy one when you can buy two? Check out our Pomegranate Pigeon Pack and Midnight Velvet Pomegranate below!

Uses
Feature plant, hedge, good for pots.
Tree height
3.0m
Tree width
3.0m
Skin colour
Dark pink to red
Flesh
Red grains (arils) separated by a white to cream pith
Fruit shape
Round to smooth hexagonal
Fruit size
Large
Flavour
Rich
Harvest time
Late summer to august in most parts of Australia
Fruit uses
Fruit can be eaten fresh, juiced, used in cocktails or to produce wine.

Description

Site Selection – Plant in full sun. If planting, prepare your site with compost, soil improvers, or composted manure, and make sure the soil is free draining. Pomegranates LOVE hot, dry places!

Planting Dig your hole at the time of planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball/pot, and one and a half deep. Backfill with a mixture of premium garden soil and good quality soil from the hole. Mulch and water in well. Note – do not use this fill in extremely clay or sandy soils. Create a mound, spend time adjusting your soil, or use a pot. See more information about this in the growing guides in our Plant Care tab.

Potting – Use a pot at least 50cms wide and deep. Use high quality premium potting mix, you may add perlite or pine bark to add structure. Mulch and water in well.

Staking – Staking may not be necessary but does assist with shaping. Where utilised, use one stake with soft, loose ties around the tree. Ensure the tree can still ‘wiggle’ in the wind to develop strong anchorage on its own. Remove the stakes when the trunk is thicker than the stake used, or in year 2.

Watering – Use the 1,2,3,4 method to establish. Water once a day for a week, then every two days for two weeks, then every three days for three weeks, and so on. Always adjust to your local weather and increase watering in hot and windy weather, decrease in cold or rainy weather. Pomegranates can largely be ignored in most Australian climates once established.

Fertilising – Use a balanced fertiliser blend. The main fertilising period is late Winter/early Spring and again in Autumn. Yellowing leaves can occasionally be a symptom of a hungry pomegranate. You can try to remedy this with a fast-acting liquid fertiliser. In potted pomegranates, this can be a sign of it becoming rootbound. Repotting the plant into a larger size pot will assist with this.

Pruning – Pruning is a great way to train your pomegranate into your desired shape. A good shape is using a single trunk with four or five main branches selected for the framework of the plant. They will sucker, which should be removed when noticed. Once shaped, Pomegranates generally don’t require much pruning. Any pruning completed should focus on removal of dead and tangled branches, and maximising airflow through the centre of the bush. Moderate pruning is best done in winter when the pomegranate tree is dormant. Try not to remove too much of the tree – only remove up to one third of the tree in a year!

Pest & Disease Control – Pomegranates mostly suffer from diseases associated with high moisture. Always allow the soil to dry out fully before watering your pomegranate. Keep mulch away from the trunk to avoid collar rot. Spray with an organic Bordeaux spray at the start of winter, and twice just before bud swell at the end of winter. This prevents several diseases and overwintering pests.

For further information, visit our Plant Care page to view all of our growing guides, fertiliser trials, and seasonal tips!