My thought is that no, pomegranates aren't good for beginners, especially not in frosty Minnesota, but I seem to insist on doing things the hard way, so I went ahead and planted the single pomegranate seed that I had.
The seed itself is interesting in that it came with clear white flesh! That's right; nestled among the ruby red sea of pomegranate seeds, this one little seed had clear flesh! That's what made me keep it, and I'm hoping that the fruit it might produce could have a chance at being white instead of red as well, though I'm not familiar with what makes the fruit on the seed be white instead of red.
So now I have a small seedling with about 8 leaves so far, and I have a few questions!
What I do know is that pomegranates are a lot more tropical than the region I live in can support, so I know better than to leave this one outside over the winter. I'm hoping this can be an indoor bonsai, since I love having indoor plants, but I'm willing to put it outside for the good of the plant if that's what it needs. Now my question is this: What's the best time to put it outside, if it must go? and... When would it be a good idea to repot it and/or trim roots? and... How do I go about wintering it, and if/when I should even winter it at all?
It's less than a year old, currently growing on my window ledge next to various other plants, It's got 8 or so leaves and more on the way, but no branches yet. I get the feeling that next spring might be too early to let it outside. I'm worried something might happen to it if I let it go outside too early. I've never seen another clear pomagranate seed, and I don't know how rare that is to find one, but I don't get pomagranates very often and I feel I may never get a second chance with this, so I want to do things right.
I don't mind saying that I have a very limited budget, so buying a lot of expensive fertilizers and soils and stuff is going to be difficult for me, and advice for cheaper alternatives or places to get better deals would be awesome.
Any tips, links, or advice at all is welcome!