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question on caring for pomegranate seedlings

Posted by treeman823 none (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 28, 13 at 15:37

If I want to turn a three-month old pomegranate into a bonsai, how would I get it to branch out? It only has one straight shoot with no branches or any signs of future branches. Would pinching the terminal bud help?

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RE: question on caring for pomegranate seedlings

Pinching out the terminal bud will probably make it produce lateral branches, but you could also wait a year and it will undoubtedly have some branching by then that you could work with.

Pomegranates are not really trees anyway, but rather bushes, so they usually begin branching within a few inches of the soil line. If you were nearby I'd give you two older shrubs in 5 gallon pots, but I don't suppose you're in Northern NM? I guess they will have to end up in the compost heap (a variety that has not been great for fruit).

RE: question on caring for pomegranate seedlings

mine tend to send out a ton of sucker branches from the base.

RE: question on caring for pomegranate seedlings

thank you fabaceae native, but I'm actually in New England and I intend to grow the pomegranates inside. Do you know how old they have to be before you pinch the terminal shoot? Mine is probably still too young, I grew it from seed this December

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