Brilliant orange-scarlet blooms all summer!


Favorite™ Pomegranate

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 48534
$29.95
Buy 3+ at $25.95 ea
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Punica granatum Favorite™

Delicious small fruit that begin appearing just a season or two after planting.
One of the hardiest, most impressive, and simply delicious ornamental edibles, this very compact shrub sets brilliant blooms and delectable fruit. Needing very little attention, Favorite™ earns its name with each new season!

The small, very sweet fruit begins setting just a season or two after you plant this shrub -- no more waiting season after season for those first fruits! It is light red and utterly delicious!

Just as terrific as the fruit are the blooms on this compact shrub. They begin in early summer, a vivid shade of orangy-red, and continue all season. Even if you never harvested a fruit from Favorite™, it would be worthy of a place in your garden for the ornamental value of its blooms!

Favorite™ thrives under just about any conditions, from windy, moist coastal settings to the still, dry, hot desert! Site it in a sheltered southern or eastern location (a walled patio is ideal). Fruit will set in all locations, but will only ripen and become edible in warm climates. Expect it to reach just 4 to 6 feet high and wide after 10 years' growth. Needs well-drained soil. Zones 7-11.

Genus Punica
Species granatum
Variety Favorite™
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 7 - 11
Bloom Season Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
Plant Height 4 ft - 6 ft
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Bloom Color Orange, Red
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Border, Containers, Cuisine, Specimen
Restrictions Puerto Rico, Canada, Arizona, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Guam
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
Pomegranate bushes
Michael A Fox from TX wrote (December 04, 2011):
I love these things. I bought two over 5 years ago and they are big favorites. My bushes are closer to 10 feet tall. When the fruit starts growing you will have to get to them before all the squirrels and birds that come in, but there are usually enough for everyone. We even transplanted one of the bushes 2 years ago and while it took it @6months to recover, its back to the same height as the other.
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Punica
Pomegranate

Planting:

Plants are tolerant of a wide range of soils from sandy to heavy, poor to fertile, acid to alkaline, as long as the soil drains well. However, they perform best in a good, moisture retentive, well-drained soil. Full sun will give best flowering, although they grow quite well in partial shade.


Maintenance:

Water during periods of drought. Pruning, while seldom needed, should be done in late winter. Plants will grow without any supplemental fertilizing in all but poor soils.

Nevertheless, they will respond well to fertilizer which can be applied in early spring and again every 6 weeks. The fruit, which is actually a berry, follows the flowers and changes from yellow to a yellow-red as it matures in September and October.


Zones:

Zones 7-10

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.