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Just how hardy/tender are they? I grew some from a pomegranate a couple of years ago and the plants are doing OK in pots, but ideally I'd like to be able to plant them in the ground. They are such attractive plants. I saw them in Italy, growing wild around Pompeii.

Does anyone have any experience of growing them in the UK, please?

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  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    I have not grown them, but I have read that they will withstand winter temperatures down to -15C in a sheltered position, which is surprising given they are more used to the temperatures in southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

    They like plenty of well-rotted manure and good drainage if planted out. I guess you'll be lucky to get one to fruit in our climate, but the foliage is good and the flowers are very vase-worthy.

    I gather Christopher Lloyd had one at Great Dixter which was about 50 years old. It apparently flowered steadily, if not prolifically, for 3 months from July each year ... and probably still does.

    I'm tempted to get one for a South-facing wall we have!

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  2. Grower


    Thank you. I shall give it a go. They are very attractive plants.

  3. Grower


    I am selling nice tall standards at the moment. Do contact if you are interested.
    £35.00 plus p.p £11.00

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    I've just planted mine out in large tubs, thanks Liza. They're only seedlings so it'll be pot luck if they flower, and I haven't room for any more.

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    Someone was asking how my pomegranates are doing. They seem to like it in the tubs and have survived two winters in a sheltered position with net curtaining to protect them, though it has been very mild. They are just coming into leaf. No flowers yet. The bushes are still quite compact. I have neglected them because it's been a difficult couple of years.

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