Pomegranate Plants – How to Choose and a Bit of Trivia

There are two types of pomegranate plants from which to choose. You can choose a fruit-bearing variety or you can choose a pomegranate variety that is purely for ornamental purposes. How do you choose the right one for your garden or landscape? The answer to that question depends on several factors.

Questions to Ask Before Buying

There are some questions you need to ask yourself before you run off to the closest nursery to see if they have pomegranate plants for sale.

  • Do I live in a climate that will support pomegranates?

  • Is the soil ok for growing these plants?

  • Do I have a sunny location in which to plant them?

  • Am I interested in a fruit-bearing variety or simply a plant that will bring beauty to my landscape?

  • Do I want a bush (shrub) or a tree?

  • How cold does it get in my corner of the world?

The answers to these questions will provide some direction for you and help you to decide which variety of pomegranate will be the best choice for you.

A Bit of Pomegranate Trivia…

It’s interesting to note that pomegranate plants have been around for centuries. They’ve been mentioned in many ancient writings (including the Bible and the Torah). This amazingly healthy and beautiful fruit has been the focus of many an ancient people for its medicinal properties and for other reasons as well.

Nowadays, the focus on pomegranate fruit is due to the health benefits it offers for treating and preventing a myriad of medical conditions.

We thought you might enjoy some trivia about the plants too.

  • The pomegranate bush or tree is the only one that produces fruit bearing sprouts – no other fruit-bearing tree or bush does this!

  • Medicinal purposes during ancient times ranged from treating diarrhea to worms

  • The robes of many a priest and the clothing of many peoples were dyed using the root and rind of the pomegranate fruit

  • Thousands of years ago, the pomegranate fruit was depicted in drawings and paintings

  • Often mentioned in mythical stories as the fruit that gave sustenance to captured maidens

  • Chinese doctors used the fruit thousands of years ago to treat infertility (there is some research now that lends itself to being beneficial for infertility in current times)

About Pomegranate Plants

The leaves of pomegranate shrub are a beautiful green color throughout spring and summer. During the fall, some varieties provide fall foliage in golden hues, easing you into those dreary winter months. They’re an excellent ornamental plant for many areas of the country.

Some varieties produce delicious apple size fruit in the fall. The fruit is versatile and can be used to make juice or tossed into a variety of recipes, including the ever-popular grenadine. It’s an excellent addition to your daily regimen not only for the tangy taste, but also for the health benefits you’ll reap from eating the fruit from the plants.

Pomegranate bushes or trees are an excellent investment regardless of which variety or type you choose. You’re going to love growing these plants in your yard!


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