Why do my Pomegranate fruit / seeds not turn red?

by Bhargavi V
(Pune, India)

Hi. I grow pomegranate in my terrace garden (garden on my apartment terrace.) The soil is quite rich and organic, maybe bit acidic due to mulching in the summer.

I used to get good red pomegranate fruits in the past, but this year, the fruits in both my trees are all white! They taste okay, but I find this odd and am thinking perhaps there is some problem with the soil. Can you advice?

Hi, Bhargavi --

Some pomegranate varieties are naturally white, but it sounds as if this is a new development. Since the pomegranates taste good, I would not worry too much right now, but there are some things that might help:

Pomegranates are native to Iran, so they like dry hot weather and not too much soil fertility. They particularly do not like wet soil or high humidity. They also like full sun, so if your plant is not getting full sun (at least 8 hours a day) that could be part of the problem.

Since you have your pomegranate in a container, you might first try changing the soil to a less rich soil (especially if you have not changed the soil in many years).

If needed, consider putting it in a larger container or moving it to a spot with more sun. Please return and let us know what happens.

I hope this helps you - if you have any other questions please ask.

Anyone have other ideas to help Bhargavi?

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Jun 04, 2014
Thanks for the response
by: Bhargavi

Hi, Thanks so much for your prompt response. Since Pune is horribly hot and sunny (of the dry kind), I have indeed been over watering it, and also feeding the soil with organics and manure! Perhaps that is the reason why. It is probably over acidic and water logged. Poor thing. I will make those changes right away. Thank you.

You're welcome!

I suggest making one change at a time to see how it works and not stress your plant even more. Please let us know how it does with the new changes. :)


Feb 24, 2018
Iron and pomegranate
by: Anonymous

does it related on the iron level of soil?
cause as the iron increase in soil the element of soil getting more red

Hello, thanks for your question. I don't know if iron deficiency in pomegranates would cause this problem. The way mineral deficiency usually shows in plants is by an abnormal pale color in the leaves. If the leaves are normal it's unlikely there is a iron deficiency.

Thanks for commenting!


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