Kazake Pomegranate Trees are sturdy, shrubby fruit trees that will only grow to heights of six to eight feet tall. Their small size makes them great for growing in small gardens, yards with limited space, or pots. The Kazake Pomegranate Tree is a cold-hardy variety that can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit. Kazake Pomegranate Trees are suited to growing in the ground or in containers in USDA Growing Zones 7 to 10.
Kazake Pomegranate Trees produce very high quality fruit. The edible seeds are flavorful, and highly nutritious. They are also soft enough to eat easily. Pomegranates are the source for Grenadine Syrup used in cocktails, cooking, and desserts. An established Kazake Pomegranate Tree can produce as many as fifty fruit per season so you will have plenty to use and share.
Pomegranate Tree Care
Kazake Pomegranate Trees prefer soil that is rich in organic matter, slightly sandy, and well-drained. You can plant them in the ground in any location that gets full to partial sunlight, but they do better with the longest periods of direct sunlight possible. Six or more hours per day of direct sunlight in the summer is ideal. Be sure that the soil drains well, and be careful to not water so much that the ground stays soggy.
Kazake Pomegranate Trees grow in a rounded, shrub-like shape. They can be pruned to be more upright, or to remove branches from pathways, but excessive pruning and shaping is not necessary. Kazake Pomegranate Trees can tolerate dry conditions, but periodic watering is needed to produce a good crop of fruit. Water when the soil is dry down to two inches from the surface.
Fruit & Harvesting
Self-fertile Kazake Pomegranate Trees set flowers in spring, and the fruit will ripen over the next seven months. Mature crops can be picked from September through October. You can pick your Pomegranates when they turn a pale green or light pinkish color. The fruit will ripen to a darker red and you can eat the juicy seeds at any time.
Kazake Pomegranates can also be juiced by squeezing them like a citrus fruit, or by using a juicer machine. The bright red Pomegranate juice is refreshing, nutritious, and delicious, but it may stain certain surfaces or fabrics. Always use care and be ready to clean up when preparing a Kazake Pomegranate.
Plant your Kazake Pomegranate Tree in the spring after all chance of frost has passed. The small size of a mature Kazake Pomegranate Tree allows you to fit one in a smaller location than many other fruit trees. However, remember that the Kazake Pomegranate Trees benefit from the most sunlight they can get.
If you are growing your Kazake Pomegranate Tree in a container, be sure to choose a sturdy pot with adequate holes for drainage. Add enough soil to the pot to position the top of the tree root ball about 3 inches below the pot rim. Fill the sides with potting soil and bring the level up to the root ball surface. Water in well and allow the pot to fully drain.
Where did Kazake Pomegranate Trees originate?
Kazake Pomegranate Trees originated in Central Asia. From there they have made their way around the world, with commercial crops being grown in California and other parts of the US.
Does the Kazake Pomegranate Tree need a pollinator?
Kazake Pomegranate Trees are self-fertile, so they do not require a pollinator tree to grow fruit. Pairs of trees will, however, produce higher yields due to cross-pollination.
Are Kazake Pomegranate Trees cold-hardy?
Yes. Kazake Pomegranate Trees can tolerate temperatures as low as zero degrees. The ideal location for growing a Kazake Pomegranate Tree is USDA Growing Zones 7 to 11.
How long will a picked Kazake Pomegranate last?
A harvested Kazake Pomegranate can be stored in a cool dry place and remain edible for up to a few weeks. Refrigerated Kazake Pomegranates can be kept for as long as two months.