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Pomegranate 'Wonderful'

Punica granatum 'Wonderful'

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Wonderful is a late season pomegranate and produces showy orange-red flowers. The fruit has a red to purple skin. This variety is popular for making pomegranate juice. Wonderful is a fast grower, produces an abundance of fruit, is drought resistant and mostly pest free.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Wonderful pomegranates are picked from early winter. 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 cutting from hardwood or suckers. After preparing the soil, cuttings are planted and staked. Water the cuttings straight after planting and keep moist.
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 Wonderful variety is drought tolerant.
Autumn colour
The bright orange-red fruits become ripe and the leaves turn a brilliant yellow in autumn.
Pot plant
Sometimes used as bonsai because of the beautiful twisted stem and pretty flowers.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Pomegranates have anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Edible
The seeds of the fruit are edible and can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked, as a garnish, in smoothies, and in juices or alcoholic beverages.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Lythraceae
Flower colour
Orange-red, Red, Orange
Scent
Mild

Problems

Wonderful is generally resistant to most pests but can be affected by aphids, mites, thrips and other bugs in the spring. In such cases, spraying with insecticidal soap or botanical oil.

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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