Pomegranate – Blooms Keep Falling Off

Q: I have a pomegranate bush. Each year the bush is loaded with blooms but soon they all fall off. What could help this situation?

A: It sounds like the blooms are not getting pollinated. Pomegranate flowers are pollinated by insects, so it’s possible your garden has few of these helpers. Plant perennial salvia, annual zinnia, bee balm and rosemary near your pomegranate to bring pollinators. You could also try hand-pollinating the blooms by transferring pollen from flower to flower using a small artist’s brush or a cotton swab.