Punica Granatum Mollar De Elche - Seedless Pomegranate

  • An Orange/pale red skinned fruiting pomegranate cultivar that has soft seed-coats (not developed seeds) in the flesh, making the whole fruit edible. It is known to be currently one of the sweetest pomegranates on the market, even the soft seed-leftovers are sweet inside the flesh. Numerous lovely red flowers are produced. The plant has a semi-compact habit with its ultimate height being 1-1.5m. Any established plants will flower freely on any good soil. It prefers a hot position, for example against a south facing wall but will flower in a good protected sunny position. The pomegranate is believed to have originated in the area of East Iran to northern India but has been cultivated around the Mediterranean for so long (several millennia) that its true native range is not accurately known. This plant is easy to grow and is well suitable for the patio too. The fruits ripen better if planted against a south facing wall or if kept in a conservatory from mid-August until harvest (except the South coast of England). It overwinters well outdoors, being hardy to -15C.

Other common names:   -
Native to:     Mediterranean (main species)
Family:     Lythraceae
Habit (UK conditions):  deciduous shrub
Typical size in 5 years:  1.5m x 0,8m (can be trimmed/shaped)
Main value:    single flowers, fruits
Flower colour:  bright red
Flowering period:   May-July (fruiting period: September-October in the UK)
Autumn coloration:   yellow - orange
Preferences:    wide range of soils, full sun (drought tolerant, prefers slightly alkaline soils)
Hardiness:    hardy to around -15C
Is it toxic?    no
Is it edible?    yes, fruit is edible raw or cooked

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