Rainbow, I'm pretty sure if I do this, I'll be able to fanagle SOMETHING that would work for the wintering. where I am currently living has a Garage (not insulated or heated, but could be a starting place, could probably throw together a semi-insulated cabinet or something that would do the job well enough. I'm pretty sure I could manage to borrow a space in my parents's basement for the plants as well, and I'm pretty sure that would be cold enough for it to have its dormant period (and perhaps do even better from it being cold enough to do what it wants to in the cool, rather than just not die)
I'm more concerned that they would grow at a greatly reduced rate, if they didn't ALWAYS have 90F+ temps during the daytime over the summer, or something like that. and it is relatively humid here.
like Gnome said, from what I've read many bonsai people simply don't let it fruit at all, and that others just use the Dwarf cultivar which has i think golf-ball size fruit.
though personally I think it seems like if the tree can make fruit that it would be good(call it a spiritual thing if you wish) to at least occasionally let it do so if it would not be actively harmful to the livelyhood of the plant. so yeah, it'd be out of proportion and all, but I figure that it would basically be that trees I was having fruit on would just not be in a "showing" state while that was going on.
from everything I've seen Pomegranates can develop some utterly awesome looking trunks and I think I like the way the leaves are and stuff.
Also, I'm figuring to not go any smaller than probably a foot and a half tall, and maybe even aim for something really quite large(2-3') depending on how things go.
Gnome, Thanks! that is quite encouraging. another forum I posted on about this overall idea... well they were much more pessimistic, to say the least.
I have an odd space problem, (the best place I can think of for them is basically building a platform on top of a portion of fence attached to where I am living, its our space, probably the least shady, and least in the way spot on the property. awkward, but its something.) but that aside, I'm thinking of basically building a mineature greenhouse type thing, (figuring wood or plastic holding up plastic sheeting or plexiglass. not sure if it would be worth it to use real glass or not) and perhaps some reflective film around the little greenhouse to help focus more sunlight and warmth on the plants?
another thought that came to mind, is that the air conditioner isn't THAT far from the location, and I wonder if it would do anything to try ducting a portion of the air(the air that blows out the top of the unit, central air type thing) into the "greenhouse", as this air would be warmer, and drier than the ambient air. I'm not sure how often this AC will be on(just moved into this house) but I'm thinking its likely to be enough to make a small difference.
do you have any thoughts on those ideas?
as far as actual plants go, I am thinking in the direction of starting from seed and hoping for the best. I was figuring basically starting with some Dwarf seeds, some Saveh seeds (super-dark full size fruit, and I think a little hardier than some) and maybe some of a more "plain" type, not entirely sure yet.
in addition to all this I am planning to try starting some cuttings of local trees elsewhere, but not nearly as sensitive as the baby pomegranates.