Desertnyi Pomegranate is a special selection from the Turkmenistan collection of world famous plant breeder Gregory Levin. Desertnyi translates to dessert in English, and it is a real dessert treat. Fruit has a light orange rind contrasted by dark red arils which makes for a very unique look. Flavor has an excellent sweet-tart balance with citrus overtones. Mature fruit has a firm texture and flavor reminiscent of orange juice. Very soft edible seeds!
Latin Name: Punica granatum
Site and Soil: Desertnyi likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to 10º F or below.
Chill Hours: 200
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: Desertnyi can reach up to 10 ft. in height.
Taste: Sweet-tart balance with citrus overtones, orange juice
Fruit Skin: Light orange
Fruit Flesh: Dark red
Bloom Time: July to September
Ripening Time: Late fall
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Desertnyi pomegranate is not generally bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7-10