While planting my box garden I came across a Pomegranate bush at the local garden center. Wheels and gears started turning in my head and a little puff of steam issued forth. I had to bring this home! The problem is this bush can grow to be about 12 to 15 feet in diameter, and that would not work!
I have previously done an Espalier on a potted Lime tree and it seems happy being trained, so this must work! I didn't see any good options for a trellis and the ones for sale were so expensive anyway. I must make my own to fit the space.
I will create a fan shaped trellis to help contain the pomegranate bush in this border space and maintain a privacy screen along my fence line.
Remove an existing bush, amend the soil, create a trellis, train your bush, trim your bush, and watch it grow.
Pomegranate bush - mine came in a 7 gallon pot
Wood for trellis - I used two redwood fence planks about 11/16"x7 1/2"
outdoor wood glue
gardening wire - I used the plastic coated wire
Reciprocating saw with aggressive wood blade (recipro saw, sabre saw, or Sawzall are common names)
Air compressor and pneumatic staple gun
Carpenters squares and rulers
Step 1: Prepare Space
I started with pruning cutters and worked my way to a reciprocating saw as the branches got thicker.
The roots were the hardest part, but plenty of digging and cutting made it happen. I suggest getting help as this is a lot of strenuous labor. I'm glad my neighbor on the other side of the fence helped out!
We ended up filling 6 of the neighbors green waste recycling bins getting this beast out.
Now would be a nice time to sift out rocks and root segments that remain and add some compost to amend the soil.
Step 2: Irrigate
Step 3: Make Trellis
I did a quick sketch and estimated I would use about 2 fence planks cut into strips. One was 5', the other was 6' long.
I cut the wood on the table saw. The 4 main support posts would be 1 1/2" and the remaining wood was cut into 1" strips.
As I built, I deviated from the sketch a little thinking 4 upright posts would disperse the load more evenly.
Step 4: Sharpen Posts
Step 5: Lay Out Strips
Be sure to measure as needed for even spacing and check for square corners.
When you are happy with how it looks start joining the bottom cross brace to tie the posts together.
I used wood glue and staples.
Step 6: Cut and Attach Fan Strips
Step 7: Add Top Horizontal Brace
Your trellis is now done.
Step 8: Install Bush and Trellis
We put the pomegranate into the ground and amended the surrounding soil with a bit of compost.
Dig four holes for the trellis posts and fill them in afterwards once you like the placement.
Soak the area to help settle everything in place.
Step 9: Bind and Trim Your Bush
Once they have been arranged to your liking, trim back the extra branches that don't follow your visual idea. This will be a continual process as the years go by. Imagine how the branches will grow over time and choose the stronger branches to remain. My intention is for this to remain primarily in the shape of the trellis guidance and maybe bush out about a foot on either side of the trellis as it matures.
Step 10: Enjoy Your New Pomegranate Bush
Here's my first one just starting to take shape. I can't wait to try it out!
Update - we got two amazing pomegranates this year! I was pleased since this is such a young bush. I cannot wait until next season!