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The pomegranate, 'Ben Hur', is an outstanding new variety of pomegranate, developed especially for the home garden. It is a perennial deciduous large shrub to 4 metres tall. It is very ornamental, and is tough and hardy. 'Ben Hur' is a vigorous and productive variety, and bears large fruit to 1.5 kg. It is frost and drought tolerant. It bears lovely red blooms in late spring to early summer, followed by purple-red edible fruit. New growth is a coppery colour, and leaves yellow in autumn.The fruit has a thin, leathery rind which contains a bitter pith and seeds surrounded by translucent red pulp. The fruit of 'Ben Hur' is good for juicing and for eating out of hand, and is sweet. The fruit is susceptible to fruit fly. It should be picked when ripe, as once picked they don't further ripen.
Pomegranates are best suited to hot dry summer areas, and grow in most soils. They prefer a well drained soil. They need a sunny position, and they respond well to pruning. 'Ben Hur' is an adaptable variety that will grow in temperate to tropical areas.
Pomegranate fruit is a source of vitamin C, potassium and polyphenols.
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Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.5-7.0
Root rot in wet conditions
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.
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