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How to grow pomegranate

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  • Pomegranates are a rich source of health-promoting antioxidants. They also contain compounds that stimulate mitophagy, thereby promoting health and longevity
  • Being drought tolerant and self-pollinating, pomegranate is easy to grow either in a large pot (kept indoors or out) or permanently planted in your garden if you’re in climate Zones 7b through 12
  • Choose a sunny location with plenty of space to grow. Pomegranate prefers loamy soil with good drainage, but can adapt to most soil types
  • While the plant typically grows into a bushy shrub if left to its own devices, you can train it into a small tree by some strategic pruning
  • Pomegranates are in season from August to December. While most pomegranate trees will start bearing fruit as early as the second year, it may take five or six years before you start getting substantial harvests

Pomegranate (Punica granatum) has long been revered as a symbol of strength, abundance, hope, joy and fertility. Both the Talmud and Bible praise it, and it features heavily in mythologies from various regions, including Egypt, Greece and China. Bodhidharma, founder of Zen Buddhism, and Muhammad, founder of Islam, also venerated the fruit.

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