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Pomegranate 'Indian Bachwa'

Punica granatum 'Indian Bachwa'

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Indian Bachwa is a red skinned pomegranate with sweet, slightly tangy juice. Pomegranate flowers take about 6 months to be ready as mature fruits. Pomegranates are small deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, orange flowers and large-seeded​ fruit.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Indian Bachwa fruit is harvested in April and May. Fully grown pomegranates are 5-12 cm wide and ripe fruits will make a metallic sound when tapped. Harvest fruit by using pruning shears to clip the thick stem off at the base of the fruit.

Propagation

Cuttings
Make 25-50 cm hardwood cuttings from one-year-old wood or suckers and plant directly or transplant after a year with bare roots.
Layering
Air layer parent plants and transplant suckers.
Seed
Remove pulp and place seeds on foil or in a plastic bag to add warmth. Keep moist by placing cotton wool or wet cloth over the seed. They should germinate in 30-40 days. Plant into pots.

Geography

Origin
India
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
The seeds of the fruit are edible and can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked, as a garnish, in smoothies, and in alcoholic beverages.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Lythraceae
Flower colour
Orange or bright red, Red, Orange
Scent
None

Problems

Pomegranate butterfly and bark eating caterpillars are the most common pests found. The fruits are susceptible to the fruit fly. Fruit spot and fruit rot are common fungal diseases and should be sprayed with pesticides regularly.

Companion plants

Pomegranates requires bees for pollination or you will have no fruit. A variety of herbs can attract bees, including dill, cilantro, parsley and mint. Basil, thyme and summer savory also attract bees. Allow the herbs to flower as this will help to attract bees to your garden.

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