Perfectly Plausible Pomegranate Protectors

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Intro: Perfectly Plausible Pomegranate Protectors

I have a pomegranate tree that gives me lots of wonderful fruit...if the squirrels don't eat them all. In past years, the squirrel population as skyrocketed, and they destroy many oranges, pomegranates, and sunflowers. I have tried various methods, researched for even more effective protective solutions, but none really seemed to be plausible. I decided to try something that I have thought about, and that is to make a "cage" out of rabbit wire, for each pomegranate. I plan on making a couple of dozen wire enclosures. If I can salvage 24 pomegranates, it will have been worth it! Hence this instructable.

Step 1: The Damage Done

The squirrels thoroughly damage/eat the pomegranates. If left on the tree, the birds come in and eat what is left. So...

Step 2: Cut Wire Mesh to Size

I had some rabbit wire on hand, so just cut a piece large enough to encircle one pomegranate. By manipulating the wire with my hands, I was able to construct a rough cage.

Step 3: Use Light Wire to Join Cage at the Edges

Just cut small lengths of light wire, or mechanic's wire, and twist to secure.

Step 4: Place Wire Cage Around Fruit

Surround the fruit with the wire, and mold it closed with your hands. Use wire as in previous step to close cage around fruit.

Step 5: Wait and See If It Works

My pomegrantes are left on the tree until the second week of November. At that point, the sugars are at their maximum, and the flavor is optimal. At this time, I harvest the pomegranates and make juice from them. That juice is very nutritional, and, very expensive. I freeze what I don't use now, and also make a few batches of pomegranate jelley. That will be the subject of another instructable. Watch for it in November.

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    CharleneD10

    2 years ago

    I have a problem with leaf-footed bugs. They decimate my pomegranates. I spray with soapy water, but they keep coming.

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    CreativemanCharleneD10

    Reply 2 years ago

    charlene: I have those too, but never thought they were a problem as there weren't too many of them...I guess if they infest the tree they can be a problem. Are you in Florida? thanks for your comment!

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    CharleneD10Creativeman

    Reply 2 years ago

    No, in Texas City. They decimate my tomatoes also. We spend every afternoon in the summer, spraying with soapy water mixed with a little oil. Just time consuming. That's why I like fall gardening. Nothing much bothers anything but the cabbage and I just keep the BT handy for them.

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    Ninzerbean

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Here in South Florida when folks write into the paper to ask how to get the critters to stop eating the fruit - mangos, orchids, avocados etc. the standard answer is to spray them with garlic juice. My mom just chops up a lot of garlic, soaks it over night in a gallon of water, strains the garlic out and spays away. This may work for you too - try it on one pomegranate - my favorite fruit by the way. I eat mine with plain yogurt. Yummm

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    CreativemanNinzerbean

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Worth a try, I guess. I have read that all the sprays, coyote pee, moth balls, etc do work...temporarily...the squirrels seem to persist though. Do you have poms there? Cman

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    lemonieCreativeman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'd prefer garlic over your mentioneds, but you peel them anyway I guess. How does one obtain coyote pee? L

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    NinzerbeanCreativeman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    No poms here, I will check into it though as I have lots of weird things growing and fruiting here. I just never saw any trees at the nurseries.

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    rowbear

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I live in north central San Antonio.  I put mine in the ground when it was about 2' tall. After about 4 years, it is now over 15' tall and producing well.  I lose a few to squirrels but the dogs do a good job of protecting the tree (and watering it).

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    canida

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Good to know!  I've got a little pomegranate tree that's still getting established - I may let it fruit next year, and our neighborhood has a bumper crop of squirrels.  Looking forward to the juice and jelly Instructables.

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    Hey CMan,
    Great Ible!  Thanks for answering my question if your expeiriment actually worked!  I have cross posted your Ible onto my own website in the DIY Infrastructure forum. (http://neighborhoodfruit.com/node/7272)

    Thanks!

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    neighborhoodfruit

    9 years ago on Step 5

    So, I'm dying to know, did it work?  Did it keep the squirrels out?