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We planted a small pomegranate tree (about 1 foot tall) a couple of years ago. The tree has been growing nicely, now standing about 3-4 feet tall. Last year we had a bunch of flowers but no fruit. This spring I pruned it fairly aggressively and we now have a lot of new growth. The new branches seem to be bending under their own weight, some have now bent all the way down to the ground. I am wondering, is this normal or should I give the tree some support?

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possibly even more pruning for the first three years?

Purdue have some information on propagation, pruning, when to pick ,etc. But it does sound a lot of pruning early on to create a strong frame, and then irrigation when fruit start to form:

Rooted cuttings or seedlings are set out in pre-fertilized pits 2 ft (60 cm) deep and wide and are spaced 12 to 18 ft (3.5-5.5 m) apart, depending on the fertility of the soil. Initially, the plants are cut back to 24 to 30 in (60-75 cm) in height and after they branch out the lower branches are pruned to provide a clear main stem. Inasmuch as fruits are borne only at the tips of new growth, it is recommended that, for the first 3 years, the branches be judiciously shortened annually to encourage the maximum number of new shoots on all sides, prevent straggly development, and achieve a strong, well-framed plant. After the 3rd year, only suckers and dead branches are removed.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/pomegranate.html

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that relates to pruning, but what about supporting the bent branches? –  Michael Teper Jun 17 '11 at 23:21
    
I was thinking they might be bending because more pruning is required? –  winwaed Jun 17 '11 at 23:31
    
@winmaed do you think its adviseable to prune now, in the middle of summer? I actually prined it down to pretty much close to just the the main stem in the winter. –  Michael Teper Jun 19 '11 at 5:49
    
I'm not an expert and only have a peach, but the books usually suggest spring for fruit trees. I pruned my peach at the end of its first summer in the ground and it didn't harm it. (wrong time for cuttings though - and they all failed) –  winwaed Jun 19 '11 at 13:02
    
Often they grow as low shrubs. –  J. Musser Sep 16 '11 at 1:22

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