The pomegranate tree is native to Asia and the Mediterranean, and lends its sweet-tart flavour to Persian dishes. Pomegranates have been grown in the United States since the late 1700s, mostly in Arizona and California.
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Pomegranate trees grow to a maximum height of 20 to 30 feet, though most home trees stay smaller, topping out at 12 to 16 feet. Pomegranate trees should be fertilised with ammonium sulphate the first two years, but don't require fertiliser to aid growth after that point.
Pomegranates grow at a moderate pace for 15 years, after which point their growth rate declines. The trees can live to be 200 years old. One year after planting, your tree can bear flowers and may develop a couple of small fruits. Most trees will really take off two to three years after planting, which is when you'll get fruit.
Pomegranate trees grow in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10. They are not cold hardy and will die in chillier climates.
Pomegranate trees are prone to suckering. If you want your tree to put its energy into upward growth, growing quicker, prune off suckers that develop from the bast of the tree, using hand pruners.
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