It’s bloom time for pomegranates in Mississippi. In some cases the fruit is already set and the process of development has begun. Pomegranates have increased in popularity due to their purported healthful properties. Can we grow them effectively here in southern Mississippi? There will be factors like disease, cold damage (from time to time), and fruit splitting — which is probably the biggest concern. The USDA-ARS in Poplarville is trialing some different genotypes. Perhaps we will know sooner rather than later what to expect in the long term.