If yesterday we discussed how you can create your rockery garden, today we have remembered a species that you can include in that environment and even in a pot. The dwarf pomegranate (Punica granatum var. Nana).
A full-fledged pomegranate with a measured size for the decorative purpose of its flowers within a rockery shrubby garden.
DWARF POMEGRANATE IN YOUR ROCKERY GARDEN OR IN POTS
The dwarf variety of the pomegranate is planted with a purpose that is nothing more than ornamental , since its flowers adorn the garden without the need for a large tree, in case of not having much space or not wanting a arboreal bearing.
In its bloom, it is literally a ball of flowers as we see in the following photo. We have already talked about the pomegranate and its conditions in the pomegranate cultivation post . It is a tree perfectly adapted to Mediterranean climates, it tolerates and even prefers poor soils and great sun baths and heat. And what about the dwarf pomegranate? Does it behave the same? Let’s see it.
DWARF POMEGRANATE GROW GUIDE
The advantage of this variety is in the period of activity we will have a continuous flowering from the beginning of summer until September. The downside is its slow growth . To reach 1 meter in height, they can take 15 to 20 years.
As this variety is dwarf and its purpose is ornamental and not productive, height is not what we are concerned about. In the winter break, if it has been a harsh winter, it can seem so inactive that you will even think that it has not survived. Give it time, you will get rid of doubts in the month of May. It’s a bit late.
CLIMATE AND SOIL NEEDS
Regarding edaphoclimatic needs, it is not necessary to extend much beyond what we have in the post about the cultivation of pomegranate. In short, a dry, hot environment, without frost and very tolerant of poor and calcareous soils. Let’s go into a little more detail.
Temperatures and exposure
It has a warm climate, supports high temperatures and high doses of radiation very well . Just as in the pomegranate we said that in the adult state it supports temperatures of up to -5 ºC, with the dwarf specimen we must be more careful with frost, protecting the plant if it is in a pot.
Like its ‘big cousin’, it is capable of surprisingly growing in such poor and calcareous soils. Therefore, it is ideal in rockery gardens like the ones we talked about yesterday.
We have already commented that this species resists periods of drought very well , but we must clarify. Let us remember that when a plant species is resistant to drought (except cacti and succulents), it is because its root system is very strong and deepens finding water in horizons where other plants do not reach.
If the pomegranate is very young or is in a pot, we cannot neglect the watering or it will inevitably die. In these cases it is advisable to water a couple of times a week lightly and somewhat more abundantly in summer.
Pruning of the dwarf pomegranate should be done at the end of winter (February) just before awakening from its vegetative activity. It does not suffer with intense pruning, so if it is located in a rockery garden, we can give it shape and adapt it to the space.
CULTIVATION IN ROCKERY OR IN POT
The climate will limit your options like almost any crop. If you suffer from winter frosts regularly, I would tell you that the garden will not be the best place. In that case we recommend the pot, which you can always protect it during the harsh winter.
If your climate does not suffer from winter frosts or from some sporadic and not very intense, the rockery garden exposed to the sun will be the perfect place. Rather poor soil, calcareous, with good drainage (this is always important), a lot of sun and without neglecting the watering too much.