Question: Pomegranate

I have a plant with a trunk of about 20cm. with ornamental branching, buried at 1 mt. from the hedge (laurel). It has a very thick crown (diameter. 3 meters), but for years it has not made flowers (very few) and that moreover fall almost immediately. The fruits do not interest me. What should I do ?? Thanks.

Answer: Pomegranate

Dear Giulio,
pomegranates are typical plants in the Mediterranean landscape, even if their fruits are not appreciated by everyone, and are difficult to find on the market or on market stalls in Italy; it is easier to find pomegranate-based products, such as fruit juices or compotes. In Italy, both flower and fruit varieties are also grown in the garden. They are small saplings, which tend to constantly develop basal shoots, which give rise, if left untouched, to round and irregular shrubs. There are two fundamental things a pomegranate needs, which perhaps are the ones that are missing from yours to be able to bloom freely: the sun is the first; pomegranates love to be grown in full sun, they don't like shade, but they don't even like half-shade. A pomegranate planted in a semi-shaded area hardly dies, but it certainly finds it hard to produce flowers. The other thing they fear is water stagnation; although it is a plant that tolerates drought very well, to have a good flowering it is good to supply water in the period in which the buds are enlarged, in order to avoid that the soil remains constantly dry and arid during the summer months; at the same time, if the water we supply (or that comes from the rains) tends to remain in the soil, creating a heavy and always damp substrate, the pomegranate suffers sharply, does not produce flowers and sometimes completely perishes. It may also be that the laurel has excessive competition with the pomegranate, especially with regard to the two root systems, and therefore prevents the pomegranate from developing properly. Or maybe your garden is very exposed to the wind, cold in winter, dry and hot in summer, which can cause the buds to fall prematurely, before they begin to swell. Try to work the soil around the stem, so as to make it better draining and soft, adding sand or lapillus if necessary; in the summer months, when the drought is very prolonged and the sultry climate, it waters the plant, even only occasionally, always waiting for the soil to dry perfectly between two waterings.