Yesterday I picked the remaining pomegranates from the tree.
Yesterday the pomegranates were on sale at the grocery store! You really do have to wonder why so expensive when the trees are so prolific, easy to grow, and demand nothing in the way of fertilizer and water.
You don't even have to do the work of removing the arils anymore. At Costco they sell tubs of those ruby red seeds, albeit for a rather inflated price.
For a tree that is in complete decline it did pretty well this year. I think the main culprit must be a root fungus which started to show itself a couple of years ago after an unusually wet summer. The drainage may not have been quite adequate for such a wet season. The bark began to peel and branches slowly began to die back. Even so in its dying throes it produced an amazing crop. There are new sprouts coming from below so I am still undecided as to whether to remove the whole tree. For now another of the main trunks will be removed. I'm taking the 'never say die' attitude. I just don't want to think about a year without pomegranates.
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