Pomegranates (Punica granatum) are Mediterranean fruits, which grow well in South East Queensland.
Trees typically do not bear well until 5 or 6 years old, my two trees are only 2 years old one has some flowers at the moment so perhaps it will fruit early (although it is out of season as it is May and quite cold).
Under suitable conditions the fruit should mature 5 to 7 months later.
High temperatures are essential during fruit development for good flavour.
Usually the fruit mature between March and May.
Pomegranates like full sun and long, hot summers although it sets more fruit after a cold winter.
It is very drought resistant but grows better with a good supply of water; it also tolerates a period of wet feet.
Pomegranates prefer well-drained loam, pH 5.5 – 7, but tolerate considerable amounts of alkalinity and sodium in the soil.
It should be mulched annually with rotted manure or compost.
Pomegranates fruit on spurs of mature wood, so prune the tree lightly in winter to encourage new spur growth and remove any limbs causing crowding in the centre of the crown.
I am keeping my eye on my small developing fruit as Pomegranates sometimes drop their fruits in the first year or two.
However, it is worth noting that fruit drop is aggravated by over-fertilization or excess irrigation, both of which favour vegetative growth so I am doing my best to keep them hungry!
I enjoy pomegranates and am looking forward to my own supply.
It is an attractive shrub with tasty fruit and adapts well to the local conditions.