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  • Pomegranate problem

    My pomegranates are becoming black at the eye and rotting. I can't tell if it's because I'm waiting too long to pick them? But when I do pick them, the seeds are white. So I don't know if I'm picking them early because of the "rot" and they don't have the chance to become red, or if they're a white seeded variety and I'm picking them late so they go bad at the eye.

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    Last edited by ieatfigs; 08-24-2021, 07:19 PM.
    GA, 7b

  • #2
    I have a few old pomegranate trees with lots of fruits each year. I don't think your fruit is over ripe, the skin is not shriveled up like an old one hanging to long. You should cut the fruit in half along the bad spot so we can see the inside of the fruit. I have a few fruits that are the lighter colored varieties such as Wonderful, Eversweet, Mediteranian and others so I might be able to tell you if yours has an issue. It doesn't look good, maybe fungus ? I'm in CA so maybe we don't have much issues here and the fruits always seems to be in great shape when they are ripe.
    Last edited by sc4001992; 08-24-2021, 07:43 PM.
    Fullerton, CA


    • #3
      I believe pomegranates struggle in more humid climates.
      Jason. San Diego, CA - Zone 10A WL: Boysenberry Blush


      • #4
        Poms need cold weather to "ripen" to that red color on the arils. Here in phx we can't pick until nov. The chill brings on the ripeness. I'm sure yours would not be ripe this early in the season, even tho they may have a nice red colored rind. That does look like fungus or rot. It could be that an insect has introduced some fungus inside the blossom end. Or else as someone pointed out, it just got fungus from humidity. They are a bit of an arid region plant.
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        Phoenix, AZ zone 9B