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You can (and should) start your Pomegranate seeds indoors over the winter and then plant them outside in the spring after the last threat of frost. They germinate pretty easily and this will be a much-less-frustating route to take, giving them a few months to grow before planting season begins; start several just in case.
A pomegranate tree loaded with fruit.
Using cuttings is by far the most effective way to anticipate the fruit your tree will bear, as seeds will be quite unpredictable, especially if you bought your fruit from a grocery store and picked the seeds out yourself.
If you want to give your pomegranate the best chance to grow from a seed to a healthy, fruit-bearing tree, you need to start the seeds indoors during the late winter months, then transplant them outside in the spring when temperatures are warm enough to support the best plant growth. The process of starting the seeds inside, then moving them outdoors for a few hours a day is called "hardening off" the plants. Moving them outside gradually exposes them to the direct sunlight, air and cold evenings and gives them a much better opportunity to survive and thrive. Follow these tips for successful results.
Although the outside skin of a pomegranate is inedible, the inside is filled with hundreds of seeds called arils, which are either eaten or processed into pomegranate juice. However, one cup of arils is equal to about 24 grams of sugar and about 145 calories, so a cup a day should be plenty.
Studies have shown the following to be possible and probable benefits of pomegranate (juice, fruit and extracts):
The polyphenol-rich juice from pomegranates might help to prevent atherosclerosis, according to studies by both American and Italian scientists, as reported in the Saturday Evening Post (Sept./Oct. 2005).
Mice bred to have the disease, which clogs the arteries, had a 30 percent or greater reduction in atherosclerosis when given pomegranate juice. The pomegranate juice produced 50 percent more nitric oxide, known to relax blood vessels.
Pomegranates are usually only available for a few months during the year but concentrated pomegranate juice is available year-round in stores.
© 2017 Mike and Dorothy McKenney
Mike and Dorothy McKenney (author) from United States on June 17, 2017:
Thank you so much. Mike does have a knack for great photos.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 15, 2017:
If the pomegranate trees do not like humid weather I guess Houston is not the best of places to try and grow them. It is pretty humid here on average. This is interesting information to know and the photos are stunning!