If you've ever enjoyed a Shirley Temple, it was no doubt due to the flavor of grenadine, a syrup made from the juice of the pomegranate. The pomegranate tree, a bushy, sometimes thorny deciduous plant, thrives in hot, dry summers. The seeds of the fruit are easy to germinate and grow. The pomegranate tree is hardy to USDA zone 7.
Cut open the pomegranate, then remove the seeds and place them in a colander. Run cool, fresh water over them until all traces of pulp are removed. Any pulp left on the seeds can cause the seeds to rot.
Crush the outer coat, or aril, of the seeds and place them on a paper towel to dry.
Pour the soil mix into a pot to within 3/4 of an inch of the top. Water the soil until it is saturated, then allow the water to drain well.
Push the seeds, three to a pot, 1 inch into the soil. Cover the pot with a plastic bag and secure it with a rubber band or twist tie.
Place the plastic-wrapped pot in a sunny location between 70 and 80 degrees F. Your pomegranate seeds should germinate in four to six weeks.
Remove the pot from the plastic bag when the seeds have sprouted. Transplant the pomegranate seedlings into the garden eight weeks after germination.