Its red seeds are in great demand. But can you plant the pomegranate yourself? Yes, but the fruit needs a lot of heat.
Whether in muesli, in a salad, or as a dessert – pomegranate seeds give many dishes an exotic touch. And are still really healthy. There are many minerals in the fruit and it is particularly rich in E and B vitamins. What is special about the pomegranate, however, are the secondary plant substances contained in the fruit. With their antioxidant effect, they protect the cells from harmful influences and have an anti-inflammatory effect.
The pomegranate is native to western and central Asia and is increasingly cultivated in Mediterranean areas. With the right approach, you can easily grow the berry yourself in Germany. PraxisVITA shows you step by step how you can plant a pomegranate yourself and turn the fruit’s seeds into a beautiful potted plant for the balcony or terrace. But what you should know in advance: For the home-grown pomegranate plant to develop fruit, you need a greenhouse – or a particularly warm summer.
Plant pomegranate yourself: prepare seeds
You can easily get the seeds for your new potted plant from a purchased pomegranate. To do this, cut the fruit in half. Remove the seeds from the pulp with a spoon and rinse them in a colander with hot water.
Sowing the pomegranate seeds
After the seeds have been rinsed off, sowing should be continued as soon as possible. Fill a small garden pot with well-drained garden soil. You should place a maximum of four cores in a container. Since pomegranate seeds need light to germinate, they are only lightly pressed and not covered with soil. Water the seeds extensively immediately after sowing. To guarantee the ideal humidity for the germination process, the pot can then be covered with foil or a plastic bag.
Caring for pomegranate seedlings
The seedlings thrive best at room temperature in a sunny spot on the windowsill. Keep the soil moist with regular watering, but avoid waterlogging. As soon as the first plant tips appear, the plastic bag or foil can be removed.
When the first leaves have formed, the plants must be repotted in individual pots. In spring, the pomegranate blooms drooping red funnel flowers, from which the fruit then develops. The plant should be in a sunny spot on the patio or in the garden until late autumn. In winter it loses its leaves and should be placed indoors.
Plant your pomegranate – the main thing is that it is warm
Unfortunately, the fruits in Germany only fully ripen when reared in a greenhouse or very hot summers. Pomegranates can also usually only be harvested from older plants. In any case, the plant with its bell-shaped flowers is beautiful to look at. If you’re looking to plant a pomegranate yourself with more ambition, it’s best to ask an expert—or about ways to grow your plant in a greenhouse