Growing grocery store plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon

It’s the end of May and stores across the city are opening up their garden centers and stocking their shelves with plants, seeds, and other gardening supplies. Threat of frost seems to be over, and the ground outside has thawed. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to get planting!  I went to the nearest Canadian Tire store last weekend and picked up some basic supplies such as Stargazer Lily bulbs, vegetable, fruit and herb seeds, a gardening claw, and soil. There are now several soil-filled containers on my apartment balcony in which I planted seeds. Nothing exciting is happening yet, but hopefully by next month I’ll be able to take photos of the plants so you can see what I am talking about.  In the meantime, my houseplant experiments are coming along nicely. I started them over the winter because I was bored, but you can grow them at any time of the year, really. They have been grown from the seeds of grocery store food: tamarillo sweet granadilla, pomegranate, lemon,  peanut (please see separate post Grow your own peanut plant) and avocado. (please see separate post: How to grow an avocado plant from the pit)

from left to right: tamarillo sweet granadilla(2), pomegranate, lemon, and avocado (2)


It’s really simple to grow plants from grocery store foods. Not only is it cost effective, but you’re utilizing the part of a plant that would normally be thrown into the trash. It’s a great project for kids or for the kid that is within all of us! The growing methods differ slightly depending upon what you are planting, but in each case you will want to remove the seed or pit, wash off any fruit flesh that is clinging to the seed, and plant the seed according to the following instructions

POMEGRANATES, TAMARILLOS, AND LEMONS

The following plants are simple to grow. Simply remove the seeds from the fruit, remove the flesh that surrounds the seed, and plant about an inch deep in a small, well-draining container of potting soil. Place in a sunny spot, water regularly, and wait. You may want to plant several seeds in case one of them doesn’t germinate properly.

Pomegranate seedling

Here we have the pomegranate seedling. As we all know, the pomegranate is becoming a very popular health food due to their high content of antioxidants. You can buy them as juice, as chocolate covered candy or even in the form of a martini as bartenders catch onto the trend. It seems like everyone loves them. So I figured, why not grow one?

I planted this one several months ago and it’s still not very big. The pomegranate plant likes sunlight and it has been trapped inside all winter, so I’m hoping the warm weather will encourage it to grow. My lemon plant, on the other hand, is doing a bit better.

Lemon seedling

It is growing very slowly, which I will attribute again to the fact that it is a sun-loving plant that has been wallowing in the cool darkness of my apartment all winter. I’ll post an update during the summer so we can see if the heat does anything to help it grow larger.  And finally, we have the tamarillosweet granadilla plant. I found it at the super market and had no clue what it was.  It is rare to find at the supermarket here in Canada, so I’m glad that I grabbed it while I could. In case you’re wondering what it looks like, here it is before I sliced it open.

Here it is after it started to grow. It took a while to get started, but now that the weather is warming up it is growing very quickly!

The leaves are broad, pointed and very thin with a slight fuzziness on the surface. Out of all my plants, I am the most excited about this one. I’m predicting that it will grow at least a foot taller over the course of the summer.

Thanks for stopping by today. And let me know if you decide to grow some grocery store plants of your own! There are so many different kinds to experiment with that I’d like to see what other things can be grown.

Talk to you later!

D.

CORRECTION: What I thought was a tamarillo is actually a sweet granadilla. Thank you to chalvega219 for pointing it out!

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