Native to Iran and India, the pomegranate tree provides visual interest with red or white flowers and globe-like fruits. The fruits ripen in the fall and can be eaten fresh, cooked into jam or juiced. Pomegranate trees bear fruit one to three years after planting, depending on the variety. The trees perform well when grown in containers and may thrive in greenhouse environments. Purchase and plant pomegranate trees in the spring or fall.
Research types of pomegranates using the varieties list at Purdue University (see Resources). While most pomegranates have red seeds, some have pink or white seeds, which make pink or white juice. Certain types of pomegranates are sweeter and less acidic than others. Make note of the names of varieties that interest you.
Visit your local garden center or nurseries to see what types of pomegranate are available. If they have cultivars that interest you, purchase one. If they don't, talk to nursery employees to find out whether they can order your tree. If the trees you like aren't suited for growing in your area, nursery staff can suggest alternatives.
Purchase a healthy looking pomegranate tree. Earth Easy notes that desirable fruit trees have well-spaced branches rather than branches clustered in certain parts, and a long trunk with no low-growing branches. If the trees are sold bare-root rather than in a container, select one with strong, healthy looking roots.
Research fruit farmers near you to see whether any sell pomegranates. If you find local farms that do, call the farmer and ask if you can purchase a sapling. Arrange the purchase and pickup details.