A picture of a Pomegranate 'Kesar'

Pomegranate 'Kesar'

Punica granatum 'Kesar'

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

3m

5m

Min

2m

5 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Kessari pomegranates ripen in Autumn. Harvest seeds by cutting the pomegranate in half, and score each half of the rind 4-6 times. Hold each half over a bowl, and smack the rind. This should cause most of the seeds to fall out.

Pomegranate 'Kesar' Overview

Pomegranates are considered as the ‘fruits of paradise’ in ancient cultures. These small deciduous trees have glossy green leaves, orange-red flowers and large seeded fruit. Kessari has a red skin and sweet slightly tangy juice.

Common problems with Pomegranate 'Kesar'

omegranate butterfly (Virachola isocrates), fruit flies, ants and root rot can cause problems.ruit.

Pomegranate 'Kesar' Companion Plants

Pomegranates requires bees for pollination or you will have no fruit. A variety of herbs can attract bees, including dill, cilantro, parsley and mint. Basil, thyme and summer savory also attract bees. Allow the herbs to flower as this will help to attract bees to your garden.

How to propagate Pomegranate 'Kesar'

Cuttings

Make 25-50 cm hardwood cuttings from one-year-old wood or suckers and plant directly or transplant after a year with bare roots.

Seed

Remove pulp and place seeds on foil or in a plastic bag to add warmth. Keep moist by placing cotton wool or wet cloth over the seed. They should germinate in 30-40 days. Repot into pots.

Layering

Air layer parent plants and transplant suckers.

Special features of Pomegranate 'Kesar'

Drought resistant

The plant is drought-tolerant and can be affected by root rot if they receive too much water.

Hedge plant

Pomegranates can be shaped and clipped and grown into hedges.

Other uses of Pomegranate 'Kesar'

Culinary

Medicinal

Anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The red flesh around pips are filled with antocyanins and the fruit is high in fiber. It is filled with vitamins and minerals to keep healthy.

Edible

The fruits and seeds are edible. The seeds are used in cooking, baking, as garnishes, juice, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages.