5 years to reach maturity
Indian Bachwa fruit is harvested in April and May. Fully grown pomegranates are 5-12 cm wide and ripe fruits will make a metallic sound when tapped. Harvest fruit by using pruning shears to clip the thick stem off at the base of the fruit.
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Pomegranate 'Indian Bachwa' Overview
Indian Bachwa is a red skinned pomegranate with sweet, slightly tangy juice. Pomegranate flowers take about 6 months to be ready as mature fruits. Pomegranates are small deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, orange flowers and large-seeded fruit.
Common problems with Pomegranate 'Indian Bachwa'
Pomegranate butterfly and bark eating caterpillars are the most common pests found. The fruits are susceptible to the fruit fly. Fruit spot and fruit rot are common fungal diseases and should be sprayed with pesticides regularly.
Pomegranate 'Indian Bachwa' 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 'Indian Bachwa'
Make 25-50 cm hardwood cuttings from one-year-old wood or suckers and plant directly or transplant after a year with bare roots.
Air layer parent plants and transplant suckers.
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. Plant into pots.
Other uses of Pomegranate 'Indian Bachwa'
The seeds of the fruit are edible and can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked, as a garnish, in smoothies, and in alcoholic beverages.