Pomegranates in zone 7

Drew,
I read it takes several months for a pome fruit to mature. How you could have enough time for it to ripen.

By choosing early ripening types. Some ripen in August. I’m growing the others for fun. I will throw them out or sell plants from them. I still have about 90 days of season left. The lakes buffer us, I could have longer. I could also put them under lights like I do my orange trees. I don’t think it will be an issue. In containers they fruit earlier. Why I get about 300-500 figs a year.

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@drew51, this is my Hyrdanar X Goulosha in a pot with 2 fruit growing. I picked a few split or diseased fruit off and hope I get one of these to maturity.


The Salavatski getting a little out of control by the sidewalk. Also has several good fruit on it, but I’ve already pulled off at least six off that were suffering from the mildew/rot that starts on the blossom end. Hope springs eternal!


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Now Drew,
What are the early ripening varieties that are also taste good. Any?

@zendog hopefully you will find one that works well.
@mamuang Granada is one. I’m out of town and don’t have my references handy. I’ll post more early ripening types when I get home.
I don’t have high expectations. All of mine were cuttings from others. I may end up culling them. I wanted to try them since they do well in my garage in winter. Many other plants do not. Worth trying. At least for a bit.

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My only experience with growing Poms is Nikitski Ranni and it was able to ripen in Zone 7a. Its name means early.

For some reason I see a lot of nurseries describing it as from Turkmenistan (where perhaps all Poms originated) but this variety is certainly from the Nikitsky botanical gardens in Crimea… it is in the name.

http://fruitsandgardening.blogspot.com/2014/12/turkmen-and-russian-pomegranates.html

Same place we get the Nikita Pineapple Guava and Nikita’s Gift Persimmon.

https://onegreenworld.com/product/nikita-2/

https://onegreenworld.com/product/nikitas-gift-2/

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Have your flowered or fruited yet?

Crimea is part of the “Turkistan” region which includes a number of the “istan” countries and goes into Russia.

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Isn’t the “Crimea” people know about belongs to Ukraine but Russia just annexed it?

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Yes.

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Yes, same one. It has a fascinating history if you are interested in that sort of thing at all. For a variety of reasons it is one of the world’s frequent flashpoints.

I have actually been to the Nikitsky gardens but I didn’t know at the time about their involvement in fruit breeding.

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We got our first one last year, see here:

I will try to take a few pictures of what it looks like right now. It has more fruit this year, maybe 5-6 but I haven’t counted.

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Glad to hear that it tasted good.

You stated that you picked it in Oct. When in Oct, please? If it’s early Oct, then, It would have a chance here.

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That post was from 17 Oct and I said I picked it a couple days earlier, so 15th maybe?

With just one fruit I don’t know how typical that would be and it is possible I could have picked it earlier. I remember watching it and watching it not wanting to pick it too early.

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I’ll wait to hear about your picking date this year. Thanks.

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Great info! Yes please keep us updated, this may be a good cold hardy selection you have there!

Oh my… Crimea is thousands of miles away from the Turkestan region. Nikitski garden is a plant breeding research institution, and they used the plant material originally from Turkmenistan for their work, it’s as simple as that.

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Yes Nikitski Ranni is an early one. Others I found that stated they were early are
Granada as mentioned
Kaim-anor
Sumbar
and Sverkhranniy

I really do not know much about them?

One called “Sweet” is said to be good in cold climates as it’s good even when not fully ripe.

I’m looking for cuttings of all of these early types, if you can help, please let me know.

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Another very popular varieties grown in Crimea and Southern Ukraine are Guleysha Rose from Azerbaijan and Ak-Dona bred in Nikita. Both are early and quite hardy.

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I’ll add those to my list. Thanks for the info.