Q. We have a pomegranate tree which grows fruit but not to the size of those that sell in stores or larger, they are very small. This tree is growing on a slight hill and gets watered for about 20 to 30 minutes a day, plus my wife gives it an additional 2 gallons of water almost every day during the summer months. What can I do to get larger fruit and more of it?
A. Increasing the size of your pomegranatefruits is more about pruning, watering and fertilizing than anything else. Larger fruit will be produced on older wood so pruning a pomegranate to be more like a tree than a shrub will help.
During fruit formation it is very important to make sure pomegranate receives adequate water. Water shortages during fruit development will result in smaller fruit at maturity or split fruit before the fruit matures. Irrigations should not be daily but they should be applied in larger quantities but less often.
|One fruit has already formed. The flowers arising from |
the same point of attachment are removed to cause
the remaining fruit to get larger.
We do some thinning of the trees when the fruits are about the size of walnuts. The only thinning done is when the fruits are arising from the same point of attachment. Then they are thinned to just one fruit. This has to be done all through the flower and fruit development period and not just thinning once but several times.