Introducing Pomegranates to the Dooryard

Karen E Stauderman, William S Castle

Abstract


Recent record-breaking freezes and citrus disease outbreaks have resulted in loss of dooryard fruit trees, including citrus trees in Volusia County landscapes. This tree loss has resulted in an increased interest in alternative Florida-friendly plants to meet the demand of edible fruit trees in dooryard landscapes. The University of Florida research and extension team responded by providing educational opportunities to Volusia County homeowners, master gardeners, and residents on the establishment of pomegranates as an ornamental and/or edible fruit tree in the dooryard. Individuals were offered educational opportunities through news articles, newsletters, seminars, a public broadcasted television program, radio interviews, and a fact sheet on basic establishment of pomegranates. In addition, the educational programs highlighted the aesthetic flower appeal, health benefits of the fruit, and the diversity in growth habit of pomegranates.


Keywords


Pomegranates, dooryard

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283