Monday, November 24, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Pomegranate Edition

Last winter, I had the cutest little dwarf Pomegranate tree growing in my house. A gift from a friend and those are the most challenging plants to grow. Not the fact that it's a Pomegranate. Mostly because when I kill it there's a witness ~ aka disappointed friend who begins to question just how much I really do know about gardening.

In spite of all my meddling, the little gal did great. Producing a half dozen fully ripened & edible mini Poms.

All was well until late spring when I noticed she was suffering mightily from bugs. I put her outside, in a sunny spot in the garden and [oops] forgot all about her until October.

By then, the nights had grown very cold and she'd done what any self-respecting tree would do. She dropped all of her leaves, preparing for the worst. I thought, for sure, I'd killed her. Turns out she's fairly easy to resuscitate.

I removed her from her pot. Added insult to injury with a cold shower to remove every speck of soil from her roots. Then I let her languish in a compost tea bath while I went shopping for a new flower pot.

And, just look at my little gal now!
New leaves, tons of new buds. See that rounded area between stem and flower? Those are baby Pomegranates starting to grow. :)

* I would not recommend soaking plants in compost tea. For all I know she could become the next Incredible Hulk.


OmegaMom said...

So what, pray tell, is "compost tea"?

Kate said...

Dear O:
Compost tea is the 'hair of the dog' for plants with a hangover.

An intoxicating fertilizer beverage of water plus rotting debris from my compost pile.

Personally, I prefer a bloody mary...

William said...

enSomething I have found that also works well is a mixture of bone meal, fish meal, and blood meal in equal parts added to the soil when one repots. It is also great added to the compost heap to boost the overall nutriton just in case it is lacking anything.