Pomegranates, Paw Paws – Great For Your Yard!

Pomegranates

Once considered a fruit for royalty, the pomegranate is a delicious addition to your backyard orchard or edible landscaping. Its beautiful, showy, red-orange flowers (which are beloved by hummingbirds) become decorative fruit in the fall, filled with juicy arils for you to enjoy all year long!

Tasty & Sweet – The wonderful thing about Parfianka Pomegranates is that not only are they sweeter, but their arils (seeds) are softer than most pomegranate seeds making them easier to eat.

Sunlight – Select a location with full sun, and allow a 20 ft diameter space for your tree to grow into, unless you plan on keeping it smaller by pruning. If planting as a hedge, you can plant them as close as 10 feet apart.

Soil/Water Needs – Pomegranates are adaptable to many soil types, though they grow best in loamy soil with good drainage. When planting, add a scoop of quality soil amendment like Happy Frog or Ocean Forest (Both Organic) to your existing soil. Mix some BIO-TONE Root Starter Plus in with the soil so the roots can’t wait to start growing.  Once your pomegranate gets established, it will perform beautifully.  They do well with low to moderate water and fertilization two or three times a year.

Personality – The pomegranate can play many roles in your edible landscaping.
Pretty in three seasons, you’ll enjoy its shiny leaves and crinkly red-orange flowers in spring, and uniquely shaped rosy fruits in summer and fall.  A pomegranate can reach 20′-30′ in maturity, but is more commonly seen at 12′-16′.

  • Harvest: September 5 – October 10
  • Looks: Large, deep red fruit
  • Personality: Sweet with a hint of acidity.
  • Always receives the highest praise for overall flavor. Great for juice or fresh eating.
  • Pollination: Self-pollinated.
  • Hummingbirds love the flowers

 

A papaya tree with lots of fruit

Paw Paw Trees – Easy, Pretty, And A Southern Favorite!

Pawpaw, paw-paw, or paw paw? It doesn’t much matter how you spell it, it’s an easy tree to grow and a tasty fruit to eat. Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit trees native to North America, specifically the temperate climates of the eastern parts of the United States. The pawpaw tree is a favorite of gardeners across the Southeast because of its dark green foliage, tropical appearance, and abundant fruit.  They can be a source of seasonal color, because the leaves turn bright yellow in autumn (think fall gingko hues) and then their brown, velvety flower buds open to deep burgundy flowers from March to May.

Pawpaw trees produce large, edible, green fruits, also called pawpaws. The fruit is fragrant and has a distinctly bright, tropical banana-like flavor. If you encounter freshly ripe pawpaws, go ahead and dig in. One bite, and you’ll be enjoying one of America’s best-kept-secret fruits. (Just be sure to spit out any seeds.) You’ll know they’re ripe when the fruits are close to falling off the tree. The flesh will be soft with a slight give, like many stone fruits or tropical fruits.

The pawpaws’ short shelf life means you should take them when you can get them, though they will last a little longer when refrigerated. Eat them out of your hand, or puree them and add them to a smoothie, ice cream, or pie.

Pawpaw trees don’t require much attention or specialized planting. They’re pest-resistant, and they thrive in well-drained soil with an equal balance of sun and shade.  A great plant all the way around!