5 years to reach maturity
Mollar de Elche pomegranates are harvested during late autumn. 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 'Mollar De Elche' Overview
Punica granatum 'Mollar de Elche' is a popular variety of Pomegranate that is grown for its orange and red-skinned fruit that contains sweet, juicy seeds. Pomegranates are small deciduous trees with glossy green leaves, orange flowers and large-seeded fruit. This semi-hardy deciduous tree will need some shelter and winter protection if being grown in colder regions. It can easily be grown in large containers in conservatories and will not mind the odd missed watering as it is drought tolerant once established. The most widely grown variety in Spain, Punica granatum 'Mollar de Elche' is thought to have originated from East Iran, but its exact origins are uncertain.
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Pomegranate 'Mollar De Elche' 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 'Mollar De Elche'
Pomegranate is propagated vegetatively from hardwood cuttings, make 25-50 cm hardwood cuttings from one-year-old wood or suckers. After preparing the soil, cuttings are planted and staked. Water the cuttings straight after planting.
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. Repot into pots.
Special features of Pomegranate 'Mollar De Elche'
The plant is drought-tolerant and can be affected by root rot if they receive too much water.
Sometimes used as bonsai because of the beautiful twisted stem and pretty flowers.
Other uses of Pomegranate 'Mollar De Elche'
Pomegranates have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.
The seeds of the fruit are edible and can be eaten fresh, cooked, baked, as a garnish, in smoothies, and in alcoholic beverages.