Punica granatum 'Nana' or Dwarf Pomegranate is a dense shrub that will reach 3-4 feet in containers. Even though pomegranates are hardy in zone 7, they very rarely produce fruit. Dwarf Pomegranates will bloom when they are about 1 foot tall making them excellent bonsai subjects.
Blooming Time: Orange-red single flowers adorn the plant from late summer-fall. Small (2 inch) red fruits follow the flowers.
Culture: Punica granatum 'Nana' need full sun and a well-drained soil mix. We use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand. The plants thrive in a semi-arid atmosphere and once established need very little water. We water ours about once a week during the growing season and fertilize on a monthly basis. Once flowering has begun in late summer, the plant should be watered about 3 times a week to produce lots of flowers and fruit.
Propagation: Punica granatum 'Nana' are propagated by cuttings or by layers and by seed. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days at 68° F.
Punica granatum 'Nana' was featured as Plant of the Week November 23-29, 2001.
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