Author Topic: Pomegranate for bonsai  (Read 2240 times)

tanlu

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Pomegranate for bonsai
« on: September 11, 2011, 03:35 AM »
I've been interested in growing pomegranate bonsai for some time now, but I'm not sure how well they will do in the NYC area. I don't have any place in the house that's cool enough for winter storage, so the only options are to leave it somewhere very well protected outside or give it a brief rest period during the fall and grow it indoors for the winter. Would any of these options work??

Could anyone recommend good sources to purchase pomegranate bonsai as well?

T
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Pomegranate for bonsai
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 04:20 AM »
Perhaps another bonsai hobbiest with proper storage could over-winter it for you.  Randy Daivis and George Buhler just published on this species in ABS Journal (Join and subsciribe).  A very good organization and publication to follow.  I've never had one in TN but work with them here in Osaka. 
 

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Re: Pomegranate for bonsai
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011, 03:38 PM »
I can't speak to your wintering needs, but evergreengardenworks.com has nice starter pomegranates for $8.

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John Kirby

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Re: Pomegranate for bonsai
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011, 07:04 AM »
Um, there are a number of ways to overwinter pomegranates, they don't really need any real cold exposure- if you leave them outside until the night temps drop into the low 30's they will got to sleep very well. We have kept ours in poly-houses (I have a few dozen seedlings of various ages and a couple of bigger trees that I am working on). This last winter we moved to central Connecticut and did the -move them in and out shuffle- into the basement/garage at night out side when the temps were going to be at or above freezing. This kept them from popping way too early and when they finally did pop in April we just continued the shuffle- but we had to do that for Maples too (small ones, anyway). I think you can do the same thing with a window sill just remember to place them outside periodically when air temps are moderate. Brent has nice material and I would suggest that if you want full size pomegranates that you buy one at the grocery store and let it dry out (on to of the fridge) and then plant the seeds in the spring (february or march) as a mass planting, grow them outside for the summer and then pot them up after a year. I do this, and have used the minis (Like brent and many others sell- they flower and fruit within a couple of (2-4) years and have full size by mini (and twisted trunk) hybrids that do pretty well.

Good luck