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Pomegranate 'Mollar de Elche'

Punica granatum 'Mollar de Elche'

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Mollar de Elche is a Spanish variety with a red skin. The seeds are sweet and juicy. Pomegranates are small deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, orange flowers and large-seeded fruit.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Mollar de Elche pomegranates are harvested during late autumn. 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
Pomegranate is propagated vegetatively from hardwood cuttings, make 25-50 cm hardwood cuttings from one-year-old wood or suckers. After preparing the soil, cuttings are planted and staked. Water the cuttings straight after planting.
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. Repot into pots.

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
Spain, Valencia
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Pomegranates have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
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-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 and false codling moth. 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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