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Patricia & Joan, I also love to eat lemons, and sometimes I'm a sourpuss as well.
Patricia, and we are not sourpusses are we!
I don't like Washington Delicious at all, too sweet. My favorite is Granny Smith, but then, I love to eat lemon as if they are oranges. I've never tasted Honeycrisp; will keep my eye open for them. I have never tasted a pawpaw, either. Daniel, no problem with the typos. I love woodchips, except for one problem. The first year or so, they produce fungi that is difficult to control. After a few years, and with anti-fungal powder, it doesn't come back. My wood chips are 2" size. I think they call it nuggets size. It is the largest my supplier has. Mine have been in for 18 years, with a refresher every few years ... and a new round of fungus. I haven't prevented the problem and there may be another species of chips, or a smaller chip that may be less troublesome.
I spent the afternoon in the garden reading and loving it. The first time I could really sit and feel comfortable. It was in the 60 degrees F.
My other go-to resource is Dave's Garden
I don't often buy from these sources, however, they have excellent information to help make decisions.
My go-to Raintree Nursery has this to say about them Pomegranates
(Punica granatum) We are offering for the first time, a wide selection of pomegranates, each with its own complex and unique flavor. They are also among the most beautiful plants. Pomegranates require only 150 chilling hours & need well-drained soil. They are self fertile. Pomegranates ripen well in the South and in California. They grow well in the Pacific Northwest but don’t get the intense summer heat they need to ripen.
Soil: Most need well drained soils. EXPOSURE: Full Sun.Pollination: Self fertile.Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-10.They are hardy to about 10° F. Even if frozen to the ground, plants will re-sprout from the roots like a fig. If grown in a pot, they can be brought in to ripen.Size and spacing: Prune them as a 8-10’ tall shrub or allow them to become a beautiful 15-20’ tree or espalier.Ripening: Late Fall. YIELD: 15 plus pounds per plant."
That's amazing, Spud--the sprouting part. Now I'm really serious about getting one, that is, if they can grow in my climate zone.
In the meantime, it's just plain cold and miserable. Usually by now, the grass is green and daffodils are blooming. Not this year. Boo.
Thanks Randy. I think I've mentioned this before, but I had one when I lived in California, and loved to make juice from them.
When I bought the house, I noticed it had two small trees. The Apricot tree looked dead, but I watered it, pruned it so the sun could get into the center, and it perked-up and delivered the most delicious apricots.
I didn't know what the Pomegranate tree was. It had very gaudy flowers. They had two colors in the red and orange range, that I thought clashed with each other terribly, so I thought I would remove it and plant a cherry tree.
However, I left it to see what came from the flowers, and was so glad I did. I planted a cherry tree elsewhere in the big back yard.
One year, It had something attacking a branch that was removing the bark. It looked like a fungus. I removed that branch and threw it to the other end of the yard.
Later, I wanted to make a fence around some plants, and used that old branch as one of the fence posts. It very quickly sprouted leaves, and within one year, it was loaded with pomegranate fruit!
From that experience, I concluded what I've since read: That they are very easy to grow from mature branches.
I've also read that they don't have many pests or diseases, and grow in a wide range of soil types. They like hot sunny conditions to fruit, need 150 to 200 hours below 45 degrees F, and can survive down to 12 degrees F.
Spud, I'm guessing you even dream about pomegranates! All I can say is good luck. You got me thinking about getting one.
After reading all of the comments about the Dwarf Pomegranate Tree, it appears that it only produces small Pomegranate fruit, so it's probably not for me. Seems like it's just for beauty, not for eating, although the main page says it has delicious fruit.
Hard to tell for sure because I didn't find any comments that were old enough to give information about it when mature, and most people just bought it for decoration.
It only costs $11 with shipping, but I don't want to waste a lot of time caring for it, to find-out it doesn't produce much food, so I now think I will look for a standard sized tree and built a greenhouse for it.
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