These fruit trees are the perfect all-weather plants in dry summer climes…

The pomegranate is an amazing fruit! Packed full of antioxidants and minerals, the little rubies, or arils, inside that tough outer skin are just bursting with freshness and sweetness. They’re the perfect spring yield and you should see them all over supermarkets right now. Buying them, though, can be quite costly, so there’s no reason to avoid planting them yourself and reaping the rewards!

Here’s how to grow and care for your own Mediterranean pomegranate tree:

  • Pomegranate trees are exceptionally hardy and require very little maintenance. They’re designed to withstand desert conditions and thrive in arid areas, so water them infrequently but deeply at the roots.
  • They need full sun, so place them where they’ll get lots of warm sunshine.
  • They can be potted and trained to be small bushes or placed directly into the ground and grown in much taller trees.
  • Because they’re self-pollinating, you only need one tree to bear fruits.
  • Pomegranates grow well in poor soil conditions, so don’t worry about fertilizer unless of course the tree is doing poorly and needs a health boost. Natural compost is best.
  • Prune away any dead branches or leaves in the colder months.

Happy gardening!

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