How To Save Pomegranate Seeds for Planting

Do you want to grow a beautiful pomegranate tree?

One of the best ways to grow a pomegranate tree is from… a pomegranate? 

These little seeds will grow to be huge pomegranate trees!

By the end of this quick article, you’ll know how to de-seed a pomegranate and save its seeds properly, and we’ll even teach you how to plant them!

There’s also some general advice sprinkled throughout the article.

How To Save Pomegranate Seeds For Planting?

To save pomegranate seeds for planting, de-seed the pomegranate, remove the flesh from the seeds, and place them in a damp paper towel. The seeds must be kept in an airtight plastic bag or container in the freezer for long-term storage.

Do Pomegranates Grow True From Seed?

Pomegranates can grow true from seed, and a single seed can produce many fruits regardless of how it was planted or retrieved. The pomegranate cultivates the same way, and the pomegranate trees grow from the seed, whether you germinate the seed at home or purchase a partially developed plant from the market.

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How Do You Extract Pomegranate Seeds?

To extract Pomegranate Seeds:

  1. Cut the pomegranate fruit into four quarters.
  2. Pick up your spoon’s back and whack the living daylight out of it.
  3. Once smashed, use a paper towel to separate the fruit from the seed.
  4. Thoroughly wash the seeds to produce a clean seed.

Pomegranate seed extraction is not as difficult as it may seem.

You can consume the fruit and keep the seeds rather than discard them.

You can also go another path to extract the seeds you require.

For the latter, you need:

What Do You Need To Extract Pomegranate Seeds?

  • One pomegranate fruit
  • A spoon
  • Bowl
  • Patience and Perseverance 

Planting pomegranates is not a one-week thing.

These things take forever to grow but are one of the most satisfying plants we’ve grown here at Mornigardens.

That’s why we added patience and perseverance.

You’ll need them on the long journey to plant pomegranate seeds in your backyard.

Is It Better To Grow A Pomegranate Seed In The Ground or An Indoor Pot?

While both methods are generally accepted, we start our pomegranates in a pot. Plant Pomegranate Seeds Dry in Well-Drained Soil. Monitor the soil temperature daily to see if seedlings sprout correctly. Once we see growth and the baby pomegranate tree looks strong, we move it outside into the ground.

You can grow pomegranate trees by investing early in planting the seeds correctly.

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This investment will pay off, as you’ll reap the rewards (of so many pomegranates!) over time. 

We want to go over some things when growing a new tree.

Near the end of this article, we discuss tips and tricks for increasing your chances of growing healthy pomegranate trees.

If Planting Pomegranate Seeds Indoors, What Measures Should Be Taken to Ensure Its Growth?

Pomegranate seeds inside pots require specific attention, especially in their initial phases. First, plant pomegranate seeds dry in well-drained soil. Monitor the soil temperature daily to see if seedlings sprout correctly by the 8th or 9th day. You will see your pomegranate tree maturing within a few weeks.

After this, move your pot to a sunny spot outside.

If you want to utilize this plant inside, try a heat mat if you have really cold temperatures.

Sunny windows work, too!

What Tools Are Required To Grow The Pomegranate Seed Outdoors?

To grow pomegranate seeds outdoors, you will need dry soil and sunlight. Pomegranate seeds need lots of sunlight to thrive. With a pot with a good drainage system, place your seedlings in your garden in a spot with a lot of sunlight.

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Some tools that can help with this

  • Spade
  • Garden Hoe
  • Planting Line
  • Trowel

Be patient when migrating your pomegranate seeds to an outdoor planting site. 

While moving the seedling, ensure you do not break any roots!

One of the easiest ways to do this is by turning the pot over to move the seedling.

How Long Does It Take For A Pomegranate Tree To Bear Fruit?

In a perfect scenario, pomegranates would germinate after at least two weeks. But for it to bear fruit, it would take time. Pomegranate trees take a long time to yield fruit, around 3-5 years, produced commercially or in your garden.

Would the Extracted Seed Bear Fruit The Same As Commercially Grown Pomegranate?

The extracted seed can bear the same as commercially grown pomegranates. No matter if you plant your pomegranates in hot summers, winter season, or dry autumn, the final result would be the same. Commercial-grown pomegranates’ advantage is in knowledge, experience, and strategy.

Using seeds purchased from the store or your own extracted seeds will not make a difference.

The main key is to make sure that your seeds germinate correctly.

Once Pomegranate trees get started, they’re hard to stop.

However, the highest chance of failure is during germination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are millions of questions when it comes to extracting pomegranates for planting. We hope some of these below will help you!

As always, send us an email if you have any further questions.

How Do You Seed a Pomegranate in Water?

Take a large bowl that can fit the whole pomegranate inside and use that to seed the fruit in water. Next, carefully pry the extract, slice the fruit open widely underwater, and use your fingers. Fruit that is submerged becomes pliable and straightforward to remove the pomegranate seeds.

How Long Do You Soak Pomegranates?

Since pomegranate is a fruit with a tough exterior to protect its internal nutrients on the inside, it takes a while to soften the fruit before you can start messing with it. It is recommended to soak the pomegranate for about 5-7 minutes entirely underwater. 

What is the Easiest Way to Seed a Pomegranate?

Seeding without water is the easiest way. Although the two ways mentioned above are the most common methods to seed a pomegranate, extracting the seeds in water can tend to make the platform and possibly the clothes that you are wearing a bit less messy.

Is it Possible to Sprout a Pomegranate Seed at Home?

Sprouting a pomegranate seed in an indoor home environment is possible. Just grab some clean seeds from a pomegranate and place them on a damp paper towel. Put that towel in a plastic bag or in an airtight container where you see seeds sprout. 

What is the Ideal Timeframe for Seedlings to Sprout?

Like most fruit trees, the seeds take two weeks to sprout when carefully stored in a clear plastic bag. Before planting, wait a day or two to ensure the maximum amount of time allowed for sprouting. Pomegranate trees grow best when given time and space. 

What To Do if The Soaked Seeds Are Not Sprouting?

The most common reason the soaked seeds are not sprouting is that the germination process has failed. This happens when there is too much water in the area where the seeds were cultivated, too little air, or a complete lack of sunlight. 

Do You Soak Pomegranate Seeds For Planting?

Pomegranate seeds should be soaked before planting. Once sprouted, you can move on to germinating your seeds. The aim is to allow the seeds as much water as possible before growing pomegranates – the ideal time to let it soak in for a few hours, precisely 24 hours.

Are There Any Necessary Steps Advised to Take After Germinating A Pomegranate Seed at Home?

As mentioned earlier, too much water can harm the fruit’s growth. Besides that, make sure to take care of it. Be gentle, be patient. If possible, ensure your pomegranate tree is getting enough sunlight. If you have friends who have grown pomegranates before, ask about your routine.

Is Any Specific Soil or Fertilizers Required When Planting a Pomegranate Seed at Home?

Buying fertilizers is unnecessary unless your ground soil has been infected. Try to have clean, moist soil when growing a pomegranate at home. Double check there are not many rocks in the ground, as that will not allow air and sunlight to penetrate the roots.

Find some more pomegranate seed articles here!

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