5 years to reach maturity
Hershkowitz pomegranates are harvested from the end of summer. 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.
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Pomegranate 'Hershkowitz' Overview
Hershkowitz Pomegranates are small deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, attractive orange-red flowers, and large-seeded fruit. Hershkowitz is an early season variety and is fairly drought tolerant, but flourishes when watered well.
Common problems with Pomegranate 'Hershkowitz'
Pomegranate butterfly, fruit flies, ants, thrips, false codling moth and root rot.
Pomegranate 'Hershkowitz' Companion Plants
Pomegranates require 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 'Hershkowitz'
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.
Make 25-30 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.
Special features of Pomegranate 'Hershkowitz'
Pomegranates are drought tolerant and can be affected by root rot if over-watered.
Pomagranates make good bonsai plants.
Thick branches and leaves make good hedge that can also be clipped in different forms.
Other uses of Pomegranate 'Hershkowitz'
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.
The fruits and seeds are edible. The seeds are used in cooking, baking, as garnishes, and in various beverages.