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Temperate Fruit & Orchards => Temperate Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: vnomonee on April 29, 2022, 05:02:36 PM

Title: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: vnomonee on April 29, 2022, 05:02:36 PM
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.

(https://i.postimg.cc/RNfCsz80/20220429-164009.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RNfCsz80)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CzjYCsBB/20220429-164014.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CzjYCsBB)

(https://i.postimg.cc/RW4mgJKP/20220429-164017.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RW4mgJKP)
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: Nick C 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



(https://i.postimg.cc/rDzdtyKp/IMG-0013.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/rDzdtyKp)
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: vnomonee 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

Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: Nick C 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.


(https://i.postimg.cc/V5jwkGy5/IMG-0129.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/V5jwkGy5)

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


(https://i.postimg.cc/7fwkG3D9/IMG-0127.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7fwkG3D9)



(https://i.postimg.cc/Mv58ynpS/IMG-0128.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Mv58ynpS)
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: vnomonee 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
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: vnomonee on May 09, 2022, 09:40:13 PM
It's definitely growing so now I can stop looking at it every day haha

(https://i.postimg.cc/QHs2Ng3y/pom3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QHs2Ng3y)



(https://i.postimg.cc/w7VS1txT/pom1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/w7VS1txT)



(https://i.postimg.cc/pmc4Bgnw/pom2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pmc4Bgnw)
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: Nick C 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.
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: vnomonee 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.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Hc7jTLXg/20220531-174612.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Hc7jTLXg)

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


(https://i.postimg.cc/ppVhFPtD/20220531-174619-HDR.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ppVhFPtD)

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.


(https://i.postimg.cc/Hc2WY7nF/20220531-174624-HDR.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Hc2WY7nF)
Title: Re: Hardy pomegranate (Afganski) in zone 7a taking its sweet time
Post by: vnomonee on May 31, 2022, 06:07:30 PM
for comparison

June 7th 2021:


(https://i.postimg.cc/7GsRxx1q/IMG-20210607-194609-088-2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7GsRxx1q)