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Pomegranate 'Acco'

Punica granatum 'Acco'

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The Acco Pomegranate is a small deciduous tree with glossy green leaves, orange-red flowers, and bright red fruit containing multiple edible seeds. Acco can be harvested from Autumn and has a sweet flavour.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest fruits in Autumn. Harvest seeds by cutting the pomegranate in half, and score each half of the rind 4-6 times. Hold each half over a bowl, and smack the rind. This should cause most of the seeds to fall out.

Propagation

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.
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.

Special features

Drought resistant
The plant is drought-tolerant and can be affected by root rot if they receive too much water.
Pot plant
Sometimes used as bonsai because of the beautiful twisted stem and pretty flowers.

Geography

Origin
Israel
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Red flesh around pips are filled with antocyanins and the fruit is high in fiber. It is filled with vitamins and minerals to keep healthy.
Edible
The fruits and seeds are edible. The seeds are used in cooking, baking, as garnishes, juice, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages.

Personality

Family
Lythraceae
Flower colour
Bright red, Red, Orange
Scent
None

Problems

Pomegranate butterfly (Virachola isocrates), fruit flies, ants and root rot can cause problems.

Companion plants

Pomegranates require 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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