How to Grow Pomegranate Plants from Seed

Pomegranate fruit

Can I grow a pomegranate from seed? -Sandy

You sure can! Pomegranate seeds usually germinate pretty easily, and they can be started indoors over the winter for planting outside in the spring.

Keep in mind, though, that many pomegranates in the grocery store are hybrids, which means that their seeds may not produce fruits identical to the parent. If you want to ensure the same type of fruit, you’re better off propagating the plants through cuttings.

Follow these tips to plant pomegranate seeds:

  • For best results, start pomegranate seeds indoors in mid-winter, so that they can have a couple of months to grow before spring planting season.
  • Simply scoop out some seeds and rinse them in cool water, then rub them with a paper towel to remove the pulp.
  • Allow the seeds to dry for a few days to keep them from rotting.
  • Plant the seeds no more than ¼” deep in lightweight, seed-starting potting soil.
  • Put the pot in a sunny, warm window, and keep the soil moist as your seeds germinate and grow.
  • For added humidity and warmth during winter, you may find it helpful to cover the pot loosely with a clear plastic bag until the seeds have sprouted.
  • When the weather warms in spring, you can begin gradually hardening off the plants before moving them permanently outdoors. Even though mature plants can handle some cold, wait until freezing weather has passed before planting your seedlings.

About Pomegranates

Pomegranate bushes grow in zones 7-10, and they need full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, they’re fairly drought-tolerant, making pomegranate well-suited for mild desert climates. It may take 3-5 years for your new plant to produce fruit.


Further Information

  • Growing Pomegranates (Backyard Gardener)
  • How To Grow Pomegranates from Seed (


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 26th, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Hi, Oge,
    Greetings from America! Here’s more information on this topic:
    Let us know how it works for you!

  • Oge Says:
    June 26th, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Am oge from Nigeria. I planted pomegranate using the seed. Is about some months old. I want to know the right fertilizer to use for it in order to fruit very well..

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 5th, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, Denise,
    We suggest contacting your local Master Gardeners association for the best recommendation tailored to your geographic area. Here’s where you can do that:
    Master gardeners train on a range of topics so they can provide advice, at no charge, for people in their area.
    Thanks for your question, and good luck!

  • Denise Glover Says:
    April 26th, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I live in West Virginia. Is it too late to start to plant the seeds if you plant directly in soil? I know it said to start seeds in mid winter – it gets very cold here in winter – I don’t try to grow plants during that time. It is hard enough to keep the house warm enough – even as insulated as we have it.

  • Shakti Prasad Says:
    August 28th, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Growing pomogranate by seedlings having a good result or big fruit and market value?

  • yosef malone Says:
    July 6th, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I have 3 pomegranate trees over 7 feet tall and they were planted 2 years ago.
    They started producing fruit the first year but none of the 52 pomegranates survived because in Arizona the heat gets over 115 in the summer and they just split open while they were still green.
    The 2nd year they get the size of vaseballs but again they never matured because of the heat. They are all on a drip system for water but in the hot summer we always increase the amount of water our plants get.
    I grabbed a few just to make seeds and see if anything can be planted, it would be nice to see little trees or saplings grow

  • Lisa Morehead Says:
    April 17th, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I think you will need two different varieties to really get growing well , to maximize pollination. Although, many are self pollinating , even having two helps.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Says:
    February 26th, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Good luck, and thanks for watching, Lawonia!

  • Lawonia Says:
    February 26th, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for all the great info..I live in Nebaska and have just planted pomegrant seeds..Wish me luck!:O}

  • May Says:
    February 16th, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Is the seed of a Pomegranate the white (seed) in side the red or is the whole thing a seed??

  • SP Says:
    January 13th, 2018 at 10:22 am

    What do you mean by this statement;

    “you can begin gradually hardening off the plants”.

    What is hardening?

    Thank you.

    October 26th, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I am from India.. I plant a pomegranate tree. Now its growth large. It growth a flower. But the flower gets down. There is no fruit in the tree. What I want to do?

  • HabibKhan Says:
    September 27th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Thank you for this useful information along with questions/comments raised by several readers. I have a pomeg tree in my garden and bears fruit thats not very exciting. Probably it has grown very old or struck by some other problem because the fruit is small and not very tasty. To day, from our local market in Islamabad, I purchased some that are grown in the valley of swat. Very juicy and quite tasty.
    Following your instructions, I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks again.

  • Marnisa Almonte Says:
    September 7th, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Cody Miller, wow. Ruminating…What a word….

  • Ruth Brennan Says:
    August 16th, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Hi there
    Before reading your website I sowed some pomegranate seeds in about April/May this year and to my surprise they sprouted. They are now about between 3 and 4 inches tall, they are all in the same pot.
    What I really need to know should I leave them outside for the Winter or should I bring them indoors (in case the frost/ice kills them. (as you site says to start them from seeds indoors at mid winter). I live in South Wales
    Thank you

  • al urrutia Says:
    February 7th, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I bought a large pomogranate with delicious purple arvils. I have seeds from these fruit but have been told that when growing a tree from seeds do not give the same original fruit. Should I try and find what orchard the pomogranate came from and grow a tree from cuttings or grafting a small tree that I already have but do not like the pomogranate that I have. Thank you.

  • Aviona Says:
    January 16th, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I just sprouted one in about six days. It is January in Kentucky and I am using a window facing south for light. It is 1 inch tall now and I already repotted it on the third day. Should be ready to go out by mid May.

  • WisteriaDamon Says:
    December 8th, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Yes you can! I just planted my pomegranate seeds that i got from
    and i live in Ghana. According to a website I found, Ghana is USDA Zone 11b but then particular places have different microclimates. And Nigeria is so close I’m presuming you’re also zone 11. And I personally don’t think maximum temperatures don’t really differ for zone 10 and 11b and we don’t have winters so go for it!

  • Foluke Says:
    November 24th, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Thank you so much for this information provided, I had wanted to grow pomegranate for a while now but I don’t know how to go about it. Please I want to ask if I can grow pomegranate in Nigeria in West Africa

  • Jennifer Comeau Says:
    November 2nd, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Pomegranate shrubs grow in climate zones 7-10. For those looking if you can grow a pomegranate, do an internet search for “climate zone map” and locate what zone you live. As with any fruit producing plant, make sure the plant is well fertilized in well drained soil.

  • n m Says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I am not much of a gardener, actually not at all. but i love pom’s. my favorite fruit to eat. decided in october of 2015 to try and plant some seeds to see what would happen. took some seeds from one i was eating. i first got three (square) to-go containers from a restaurant (about 12 x 12 inches). put soil in them and planted a seed about 2 inches apart. left on my window and watered enough to keep the soil moist. when they started sprouting,i moved each one into a used yogurt cup with fresh soil. bought some lights at the hardware store, keep them under those for about 4 months (lights were on a timer, about 10 hours a day. Light was a 4 ft florescent full spectrum bulb). Did i forget to mention I had 60 that had sprouted. gave them all away except 10. its been about a year and 8 months since i first planted the seeds. My trees are all around 5 feet tall and one even produced a flower a few weeks ago. In case you are wondering my climate, i live in central Texas. If i can grow them without any knowledge on gardening or pom trees, then you can….depending on your climate…..and common sense.

  • Steve Says:
    May 5th, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Can I grow pomegranate in kelowna, bc?

  • Cody Miller Says:
    January 28th, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    This article was extremely helpful. I live outdoors and have been ruminating over planting a pomegranate tree nearby where I stay so I can lure the birds in to keep me company while at the same time to create some camouflage. I tried a decade or so ago to plant some peaches and apricots but didn’t have any advice so I didn’t know that I had to sprout them in a refrigerator! -Cody

  • Saud Ahmed Sabri Says:
    December 26th, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Yes information provided are very helpful.

  • Jessica Meme Says:
    November 12th, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    So I want to grow trees and I have done the first 2 things but can you tell me at what tempurature do I have to keep the seeds at to dry and for how long.

  • Elsie Cummings Says:
    November 4th, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Can pomegranates be planted in Quartzsite, AZ, where it gets to around 125 in the summer and stays in triple digits 24-7?

  • bilha kiptugen Says:
    September 25th, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I live in Kenya where the sun shines almost throughout the year except for a few months beginning July but the temperatures are friendly. Can i grow pomegranate fruit?

  • Bob R. Says:
    September 16th, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I live in central Florida, Found a pomegranate floating in the Indian River. Saved and planted 4 seeds, Got 4 plants – 2 survived. Have them in 6″ pots right now. Plants are about 18″ high. Will be setting them out very soon. Hope to get some fruit soon.

  • Amy Sliter Says:
    September 3rd, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I appreciated your information that is straight and clear. I live in the desert and found out that the seeds I would like to have grow are suited to this zone, by using your links. Thank you.

  • Julie Gardner Says:
    August 23rd, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I live in Houston where we have mild winters and super hot summers. I was wondering if I could plant seeds in the Fall and move them indoors on extra cold days during the winter. I’ve purchased 2 plants this summer; one from a local nursery and one from Amazon. Both are doing well. I want to see if I can grow them from scratch now.

  • zamir Says:
    May 28th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I live in Western Australia Thank you for helpful information about pomegranate I did plants 200 trees from the seeds of pomegranate it growing nicely.

  • jeff Says:
    March 24th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Can you grow pomegranate in Highland Honduras? Night temps. about 62 and day temps avg. 80.

  • Myrtle Says:
    November 4th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Where can I buy sweet pomegranate plants or bushes?

  • Grace Says:
    August 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I want to know if it can grow anywhere in the world, thanks

  • Hayden Fender Says:
    January 28th, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I live in canada, our winter right now just went to minus 40 with wind chill.

  • Robert Garrison Says:
    May 23rd, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I live in middle Tennessee. It snows in the winter and sometimes exceeds 100 degrees in the summer. I have fig trees and an avacado that survived last winter which was relative mild, although we had below freezing but none lower than 15 degrees. The avacado tree was dead down to 2 inches of the top of ground. It is sprouting and “leaving out”. The figs are all doing great and fully leaving out and growing new sprouts.

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How to Grow Pomegranate Plants from Seed