Hi, my name is byron martin, here at logee’s greenhouses. today we’re going to be talking about pomegranates, in particular pomegranates that grow in pots, and can be grown in pots, for fruit and for flowers. So, there are a couple things that restrict us growing pomegranates, here in New England. One is our temperatures are much too cold, for the winter times; pomegranates can take it down into the twenties, maybe even the teens, but not.
Here in new england, where we go below zero. and also, we need to have the ability to winter them over, and then give them the critical chill that allows them to produce fruit. So, in the world of pomegranates there are pomegranates that will actually flower in tropical areas; there are some largefruiting varieties, but the fruit is, really, almost inedible; it’s mostly seed, and very little flesh around it. And then there are pomegranates that need fairly long chill.
Periods of 400, 600, 800 hours of temperatures below 40 degrees during the dormancy in order to get flower production on them. And that really is the critical thing in growing them; the warmer ones generally don’t have good quality fruit. However, there are some, what we call lowchill varieties that have worked here for us in New England, and this particular one, which is called ‘Big Red,’ came out of South Florida. It has a fruit that gets almost as big as that which is in the store,.
A little bit smaller. probably would if it was in the ground. gotta remember pots do restrict plants a little bit. This has delicious, sweet fruit on it. Fruit gets very red inside; it has quite a low chill; it’s probably the lowestchill edible variety that we found. And you can see it’s got one, two, three, four, five, six. A plant like this; you probably not grow any more than six fruit,.
Being that it’s in a container, and the root system is restricted. So this plant, actually, which has come out of dormancy in the springtime, covers itself with orange flowers. The first flowers are not the ones that carry the ovaries, or are female it’s the later ones that actually produce the fruit. So, you’ll get an abundance of flowers in the beginning, and then later there’s this other crop of.
Flowers that come out that actually contain the fruit, so, don’t be concerned if all your flowers are falling off and no fruit is being held. This plant, here, goes into a dormancy, like most pomegranates, in the fall drops all its leaves; it’s deciduous. And then we put it into a cold greenhouse, where temperatures are kept just about at freezing, a little bit below freezing, and reliably, this one, ‘Big Red,’ and another variety called ‘Eve’ has been very good at.
Producing fruit for us edible fruit in the north. In growing container pomegranates, we use the standard potting mix for them. We do fertilize them during their growing season, with a balanced fertilizer, on pretty much a constant basis. You can use a liquid feed or you can top dress. And then it’s just a matter of managing the water on them throughout the growing season. They’re actually, a pretty easytogrow plant; they really are very few pests that affect.
Pomegranates. really, their root systems are very strong, so disease is not an issue. There are some problems with the fruit in the North, here, wher we have a lot of humidity. They kind of get a browning or a Calyx rot on the fruit, which can actually damage the fruit before it ripens. And, we also have problems, sometimes, with them splitting, and that’s really a water issue. Too much, too little water, as they grow in containers.
How to grow roses in containers
Growing roses in containers is a great way to bring their color, fragrance and beauty into living areas Here’s how you can do it. Now the first thing to do, is to choose a nice open sunny site with plenty of air movement That will help prevent some of the disease issues Now, when you choose your varieties obviously pick.
A nice healthy specimen, if possible choose them when they’re in flower, because you’ll be able to pick your favorite colors And, also why not have a sniff. because many of them are really very beautifully fragrant I’m using David Austin variety of Rose is here because I like the all fashion flowers that comes with them.
I love their excellent disease resistance and also some of them are delightfully fragrant And the fragrance that comes from varieties like this Gertrude Jekyll is a lovely thing to have anywhere near your home. Now, when you get your plants home. Choose a good sized container, that’s important.
Because roses are hungry, vigorous plants You’ll find that a larger size container means they’ll grow better but also they’ll be easier to water during the summertime Choose a good potting compost, make sure the container has a hole in the bottom And good drainage, and then really just during the growing season it’s a matter of Watering them.
And perhaps also giving them some liquid feeding, perhaps every week or ten days Then snip out the old, spent flowers To keep new fresh buds and new growth coming up from underneath And, if they ever become a little tall and leggy it’s okay to give them a summer prune. That means going in and trimming back a few of the shoots, a bit further down in the bush.
To encourage new fresh growth, and of course, a new round of flower buds and Flowering Now roses in containers are going to freeze during the wintertime if the left outdoors, so either you have to move the pot and all, into a more sheltered location Or better still, my advice would be to take the plant at the end to the Fall or.
Early winter and plant it out somewhere in the garden, so if you’re able to grow it as a beautiful garden rose. Where ever you grow your roses, make sure that you were able to enjoy them They are really wonderful plants for a growing in containers as well as in the open ground. This is David Wilson.