Grow real, juicy, pomegranates at home! Afghanski is one of the most reliable and cold hardy pomegranates available! It produces large red fruit, with red arils and delicious sweet/tart juice. This pomegranate is cold hardy to about 5 degrees F making it suitable in zones 7b and higher. One of the best performers in the South Georgia U of G trials in the 1970s-1980s. It will not survive planted outdoors in KY, IL, IN or other zone 6/7 areas. We know it does great in protected locations in north Georgia (zone 7b-8) and all over the Deep south zone (8-10). Any areas with mild winters and hot summers can grow this pomegranate. It’s apparently hardy to about 5 or 10 F. Warm urban micro climates in zone 7 would be good. Fruit ripens in late Autumn.
Pomegranate trees (shrubs, really) grow to about 10 feet in height with an equal spread at maturity. Exceptionally heat tolerant. Prefers full sun for best fruit production but will tolerate some light shade. Adaptable to almost any type of soil providing the soil is well-drained. Quite drought tolerant when established. Fast growing and resistant to insects and diseases. Make sure to provide good airflow, especially in a high tunnel.
USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC PLANT
Planting Site: FULL SUN, WELL DRAINING SOIL, good airflow
Plant Size: 18″-2+ft tall tall start in long tree pot