P for Pomegranate
The Pomegranate tree is a species that belongs to the Lithrum family. It’s a stunning fruit tree that bears massive fruit with tons of delicious seeds that are often served as dessert. It’s unmistakable in appearance, and it’s one of the top bonsais I recommend for beginners.
These trees are thriving in my area. As bonsais, the only real challenge you’ll have is keeping the fruit as small as possible. If they grow too big, they can break the branches that are bearing them. On the other hand, a small Pomegranate fruit won’t yield any edible seeds, so you’re caught in a catch-22 situation. While you may enjoy the beauty of the flowers, it’s probably best to remove any signs of fruit, or wait until they’re a certain size before removing them.
There were so many genera and species I could have selected for the letter P, but I have a special reason for choosing Pomegranate. I took a fallen Pomegranate fruit pod I had found on the pavement. Germinating the seeds, one survived to become a seedling. I grew it for two years towards a bonsai, but then I bought my first house that I’m still in seven years later. I decided to plant it in the backyard, and now it’s a massive tree, giving me new fruit and seeds ever year.