GROWING AND CARE
The pomegranate bush grows in temperate to sub-tropical zones and likes short, mild winters and low humidity. If your area gets frost, grow it in a container and move it indoors in winter. It does best in full sun.
It is adaptable to most soil types, but grows best in loamy soil with good drainage.
Water needs are low, and it can survive drought for several years (but the harvest will be smaller). Too much water causes the fruit to crack and reduces fruit numbers. The fruit tastes better after a long, hot, dry summer.
Harvest fruits when skins are a rich-red colour, feel heavy and sound metallic when tapped. Don’t pull off the fruit, as you may damage it, but cut off with secateurs. Handle gently as it bruises easily.
It produces lots of suckers. When it is a year old, select one to six trunks to keep and prune the rest to the ground. Then prune lightly in early spring. Don’t trim all the branches in the same year. It fruits on shoots more than a year old.