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vnomonee

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Anyone else growing Afganski/Russian #26 in 7a? This is the 3rd season for me in NJ, and I don't protect it.

It definitely took some damage from 7f in late winter in the form of burned/dried out buds from last season but to my surprise is now pushing out new buds out along those stems and branches.







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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2022, 11:15:25 PM »
Not sure of the exact variety but its definitely a russian type. Also taking forever compared to all my other varieties





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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2022, 11:56:16 PM »
Yep definitely must be the type although I have a couple of seed grown Wonderful pomegranate plants in the ground as well which I didn't expect would survive which are also sprouting leaves now from the base of the stem. The thinner upper branches look a bit dessicated, don't think that variety can survive single digit temps for too long


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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2022, 07:09:45 PM »
Funny you say that. I also have a seed grown Wonderful and the top branches aren't looking too hot right now either. Even after being protecting this winter.




My vietnamese pink and haku-botan are leafing out before the russian








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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2022, 02:51:14 AM »
At least it looks alive even with the upper branches, my wonderful seedlings are barely a foot tall. My Russian is finally showing leaves at the base and with more buds pushing on the upper branches

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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2022, 09:40:13 PM »
It's definitely growing so now I can stop looking at it every day haha











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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2022, 10:49:01 PM »
Nice! They should really start taking off soon. Jersey is lookin a lot warmer starting this weekend per the forecast.

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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2022, 05:53:38 PM »
All leafed out now, flowers will follow soon. There is a definite setback compared to around this time last year there were already many flower buds.



Winter die back is noticeable now and will be pruning the dead wood:




First attempt at an air layer. I've been slowly cloning this tree since last year via cuttings. I have 3 other small rooted cuttings planted in different areas of the yard.



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Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2022, 06:07:30 PM »
for comparison

June 7th 2021:




 

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