Friday, January 27, 2017

Short descriptions of some pomegranate cultivars

1. 'Vkusnyi' (Turkmenistan) means "tasty" in Russian. Sweet/tart flavor, soft seed, medium dark arils and skin, medium size fruit, keeps well, with skin that can dry. Usually liked by everyone.

2. 'Sirenevyi' (Turkmenistan) Meaning is "lilac colored" in Russian, sweet/tart flavor, softer seed, very dark arils, pink skin, very large, late season, does not keep well.

3. 'Parfianka' (Turkmenistan) "Parthian female citizen", one of Dr. Levin's favorites) tart/sweet complex flavor, medium dark arils and skin, medium size, must be ripe, variable some years.

4. 'Desertnyi' (Turkmenistan) "dessert" as translated from Russian, tart/sweet flavor, medium soft seeds, coral pink arils, dark skin, large size, mid-late season, needs to be ripe, good for juice.

5. 'Gissarskii Rozovyi' (Turkmenistan) "pink from Gissar" as translated from Russian, tart/sweet flavor, soft seeds, pink arils and skin, very large size, late season.

6. 'Azadi' (Turkmenistan)  the name is Persian for "freedom", and also name of the 18th cent. Turkmen poet and scientist. Sweet flavor, soft seed, pale aril, gold skin, late season, good keeper.

7. 'Sakerdze' (Russian) tart/sweet flavor, hard seeds, high yields, good for juice, keeps well.

8. ' Medovyi Vasha' (Turkmenistan) "honey Vasha" as translated from Russian, sweet flavor, soft seed, early season, low arils yield from the fruit, as it has lots of the white pulp.

9. 'Sin Pepe' (a.k.a.: 'Pink Satin', 'Pink Ice')  Sin Pepe is "Without Seeds" in Spanish. Very sweet flavor like mild fruit punch, very soft seed.

10. 'Vina' sweet-sour, soft seeds, Californian selection from the monastery in the town of Vina.

11. 'Ariana' (Turkmenistan) sweet-sour, soft seeds, consistent taste-winner.

Check what is  available from our sales site

Successful Rooting of Pomegranate, Fig, and Mulberry Cuttings

The steps to follow

1. Cover the upper portion of the cutting that will be exposed above soil, with one layer of parafilm.  You want to have 3-6 buds above soil.

2.   Cut the scion at 1/4 inch below the lowest bud.  You want 2-4 buds to be buried in the soil/perlite mix.

3.   Plant the cutting in a pot with a light potting soil.  The pot should be tall enough so that the inserted portion of the cutting is no longer that half of the pot height.  This way the moisture drains down from the lowest portion of the cutting, and the newly formed roots have space to grow down from the stem.

4.  Put the pot on a heating mat in a cold, low-lighted area, such as a garage.  The bottom heat will stimulate root development. The low light conditions will slow down the bud development.

5.  These instructions are based on Harvey’s video on fig rooting:

The dormant cuttings of various cultivars are usually available during our winter sales at

Frost tolerance of Himalayan Mulberries

 The past winter of 2023-2024 was the second test for my Himalayan mulberries frost tolerance. I have five two-years old trees of four culti...