More about Russian 26 Pomegranate...
The most cold and heat tolerant Pomegranate we've ever grown! Russian 26 experiences no damage from freeze, withstanding temperatures down to 5 degrees F! It can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a through 11.
But the great attributes don't stop with cold hardiness...
In spring, your Russian 26 will produce bright orange single flowers that really light up the garden, and are self-pollinating...meaning you only have to plant one. The flowers are followed by large, bright orange-red fruit that are filled with delectable, nutrient-packed, dark red seeds that are amazingly sweet - said to be the sweetest of any pomegranate!
Russian 26 is as heat tolerant as it is cold tolerant. It prefers full sun for best fruit production and is adaptable to almost any type of well-drained soil.
The original Russian 26 Pomegranate plant was found in the mid-1900's in southern Russia. It got it's name from being the 26th plant in the orchard row, which proved over time to be much more cold hardy than other species in the same orchard. This cultivar produces bright orange-red fruit which is considered to be among the sweetest among the species and among other fruits in general.
The Russian 26 Pomegranate can be grown as a large shrub or small tree that all grown up will reach about 10 feet tall with an equal spread. Because it's glossy green foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, Russian 26 is a perfect selection for the edible ornamental landscape.
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So far so good!October 3rd 2014
I was nervous about ordering a plant that would, of course, have to be shipped, but I wanted a "cold hardy" pomegranate, so that's why I took a chance on buying from afar. I looked at pomegranate bushes locally, but was not satisfied they were the cold hardy version. My pomegranate bush arrived well packaged and arrived moist and in good condition. I unpacked it immediately. Some leaves started to fall off, and I knew I must get it in the ground ASAP. About 3 days after arrival (Labor Day weekend), I got it in the ground, kept it watered and crossed my fingers hoping for the best. I'm happy to say my pomegranate bush has new growth and is flourishing. I guess the true test is how it will weather the winter here in Albuquerque, NM. I am praying it will survive, as the winters are cold here, and that I will have renewed growth in the spring. Looking forward to fruit by the second year!
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Mary - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us with your review. We're happy to hear that you were pleased with the quality of the Pomegranate. During transit, while a plant that likes full sun is in a dark environment for a few days, it's normal for a few leaves to fall off. Glad to hear it's performing good after you planted it. Russian 26 is one of if not the most cold hardy pomegranates on the market. It is listed as cold hardy to -10 degrees F so should be okay in Albuquerque, NM. If temps are forecast to drop below zero it might be a good idea to wrap the plant in a sheet or some other material to help insulate the branches. An extra layer of mulch that can be removed in spring can be applied to help keep the roots warm. The Russian 26 we have growing in our gardens survived 5 degrees F this past winter with no problems at all. Keep us posted as to how yours does there in Albuquerque, and let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at you service!
It was amazing what wonderful conidtion it arrived in.June 10th 2014
The only negative comment I would make is that it shipped out right before a holiday weekend, so the plant was boxed up, out of the sunlight, for almost a week. Perhaps it may be better to hold off on shipping until after a holiday weekend, to minimize transit time, plant stress. Overall this was a great price for the size and condition of a very specific plant that I wanted.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Richard - Thanks for taking the time to provide us and others with your review! Glad to hear you're happy with the size of the plant. We will also take your advice about shipping too close to a holiday weekend. We certainly appreciate the advice and your business and let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with.
3 Gallon Russian 26 PomegranateJune 9th 2014
I bought 2 of the 3 gallon size Russian 26 Pomegranate last June. The unusual cold temperatures over the winter killed them all. You sent me two replacements for those in May of this year and I was happy you wavered my delivery cost. I plan on buying 2 more. Xianjian Ma
Fantastic tree! Fantstic packaging! Fantastic customer service!May 28th 2014
What else can I say? I haven't planted it yet, but the tree I just received (3 gallon size) looks amazing. I also need to be sure to give some praise to the customer service team. They have been very friendly and responsive. I would happily recommend this company to others.
Reply from Gardener Direct:
Hi Jeremiah - We certainly appreciate your feedback and are very happy to hear that your Pomegranate tree arrived safely and met your expectations. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. Thanks again!
Healthy plantMay 20th 2014
Great service and you sent me a really good plant, which is growing very fast. Thank you!
I received my order very fast and in good shape , thank youMay 12th 2014
I received all my four orders fast and in good shape,thank you
Fast shipping and a quality productMay 6th 2014
Plant arrived quickly and is very healthy
I recieved my order very fast and in good shape.thanksApril 30th 2014
My four orders were delivered at different times. Each one of the plants came in good shape on each order The plants are show signs of growth after planting in the ground. Thanks
First Time Mail Order for PlantsApril 25th 2014
I didn't see how plants of this size could be shipped through the mail, but I really wanted to try to add Russian pomegranate to my garden. I was very impressed on how they were secured and shipped and I took photos to share on Facebook. All plants in the order were extremely healthy and are doing great in the garden. I highly recommend this company for acquiring plants that are difficult to find locally.
It's growing really great. I'm very happy. Thanks so much.April 19th 2014
The Russian Pomegranate looks great
Great sourceApril 18th 2014
I ordered pomegranate plants from three different sources, including one from Gardener Direct. This order was in the middle from the price prospective, but clearly the best in delivery speed, packing, and plant health condition. One month later, this plant looks significantly better than the other ones.
Russian 26 Pomegranate TreeFebruary 11th 2013
Received tree. Was so excited. Packaged very securely. Started to bloom in a few days. Cannot wait for tree to blossom. Loved tree so much that I ordered another for a friend who also loves to eat pomegranates. Overall it was an excellent transaction. Will definitely buy again from Gardener Direct.
You are the best...October 22nd 2012
Thank you for an easy, pleasant transaction. The best ever!! Thanks for your business.
My pomegranate looks great upon arrivalAugust 19th 2012
It is still happily sitting in the pot on my patio and I am planning to plant it next week. I was impressed by the careful packaging and fast shipping. Wish you had more of fruit tree varieties and berries.
Happy with healthy plantsJuly 8th 2012
Healthy plants arrived in good condition in spite of hot weather. I usually get plants from local nurseries but will look to GardenerDirect in the future as a source.
Russian PomegranateJune 10th 2012
The plant arrived in wonderful condition, leafed out with a tiny pomegranate on one of the branches. The plant was potted with the pot stapled to the packaging then the pot was covered so that the soil stayed inside. Great job, the plant is doing well and I am very satisfied. Thanks.
Really healthy plantApril 30th 2012
I am really certified with my purchase. The tree looked really healthy and good roots, fast delivery, packing was impeccable. Matter fact, packing was done ensuring to protect this healthy plant. I was really impressed. Thank you very much! Meanwhile, my Russian Pomegranate is in our yard being really happy. Thank you so much!
Thanks!!August 22nd 2011
The plants arrived on time and in great condition.
Product Russian 26 Pomegranate - 1 Gallon field ReOctober 8th 2012
Received in good Condition. Planted today. Will let you know in the Spring.
Pomegranite Trees - Russian 26March 4th 2012
Ordering was really easy. Delivery was quick. Plants arrive boxed neatly and professionally. Plants were well protected and watered to survive shipping. I ordered a pair of trees. One had tender green bark and the other was dried and doubtful it will survive when planted. Too early to tell its outcome. But overall, I would order again. Trees are about 2 tall in one gallon pots with dirt.