Pomegranate plants need water in the winter and they will do better if in the ground.
By Curtiss Smith, PhD, NMSU Extention Horticulture Specialist
Q. In the spring of 2009 I purchased 12 Wonderful™ pomegranates. I moved them into 1-gallon containers. In July I put some of them into the ground, but some are still in pots. The ones in the ground did much better during the summer and held onto their leaves longer than the ones in the pots.
Do they need water in the winter? How soon in the spring or summer can I put the others in the ground?
A. Plants do need water in the winter. At this time of the year they use less water than in the summer, but they still need water to maintain life. This is true for both evergreen plants and deciduous plants like the pomegranates. Plants in the ground should be irrigated once each month unless there has been adequate precipitation to moisten the soil to at least the same depth you irrigated during the growing season. (continued at SW Yard and Garden Column).