Pomegranate end of season ripening
I have some Russian Hardy poms (actual variety uncertain) that have for the first time in 10 years borne fruit to this point (I'm a zone 6b dreamer when I planted them that has slid to a zone 7 with warming, but the erratic swings in weather in my high dry climate have kept any fruit off until now).
So, what I'm really more worried about at this point is whether there will be enough "heat" and/or heat days to ripen the suckers from here on out. We were overly warm up until last week, then got a cool down into the 70-80's. Going to be 90 today. But, by this Saturday, 46 for a high, low in upper 30's.
Which gets to my question, do poms hit a certain low temp where they will quit ripening or is it more just the number of days before a freeze that will matter? Historically our first annual freeze date is Oct 31. We usually don't get a hard freeze until 15th to 20th (ish) of November.
Think I can get the poms to ripen?