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Pomegranate 'Kesar'

Punica granatum 'Kesar'

Pomegranate (Eng.), Granaat (Afr.)

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Pomegranates are considered as the ‘fruits of paradise’ in ancient cultures. These small deciduous trees have glossy green leaves, orange-red flowers and large seeded fruit. Kessari has a red skin and sweet slightly tangy juice.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Kessari pomegranates ripen 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

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.
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.
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.
Hedge plant
Pomegranates can be shaped and clipped and grown into hedges.

Geography

Origin
Iran
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The 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.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Lythraceae
Flower colour
Orange, Red
Scent
None

Problems

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

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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