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Pomegranate 'Angel Red'

Punica granatum 'Angel Red'

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Pomegranates are small deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, attractive orange-red flowers, and large-seeded fruit. Angel Red is an early ripening pomegranate with a dark red soft skin. The plant produces a big crop of fruit, with soft edible seeds.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Angel Red ripens in early 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

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. Repot into pots.

Special features

Drought resistant
The plant is drought tolerant once established.
Pot plant
Pomegranates can be made into bonsai trees with beautiful flowers and interesting stems.
Hedge plant
Thick branches and many leaves make a good hedge that can be clipped into a neat display.

Geography

Origin
Persia
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Fruit is a good source of vitamins and minerals and high in fibre.
Edible
The seeds of the fruit are edible and are soft enough to be eaten along with the pulp. The fruit is used in cooking and baking, eaten fresh or juiced.

Personality

Family
Lythraceae
Flower colour
Orange-red
Scent
None

Problems

In general, few pests and diseases affect Angel Red pomegranates. Keep look out for Thrips and false codling moth, though.

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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