Discover the secrets to container fruit tree gardening. The benefits of growing fruit trees in pots. Varieties best suited to pot culture. Soil additives known to increase production in a container fruit garden.
Blueberries grow and bear bountifully in pots.
Growing fruit crops in containers makes it possible for you to enjoy any type of produce your taste buds fancy. You can grow a garden of tropical delights no matter how cold it gets in your neighborhood. As long as you choose cultivars that are known to perform well in pot, you can protect your moveable harvest from frost by wintering the containers in your home, garage, or basement.
Perhaps the cold is not your problem.
Strawberries flourish in a basket.
Nasturtiums spill from an old watering can behind them. Beside these, carrots give worn out wellies a new purpose.
Maybe the soil in your yard is full of rocks, or otherwise unsuitable for gardening.
The soil in a container fruit garden is of your own making (don't worry, it's easy). You can custom blend the perfect soil mix for each fruit you intend to raise.
Or, maybe you don't own any land.
Container fruit tree gardening is the perfect solution for frustrated farmers living in rented digs. As long as you've got a sun-filled space large enough to accommodate a pot or three, you, too, can put home grown fruit on your table.
Container fruit trees need 3 things: lots of light, lots of food, and plenty of water during hot weather.
Most fruits require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day in order to bloom heavily. Heavy blooming leads to heavy bearing. Remember that.
Adequate light also encourages compact growth and keeps disease at bay.
Slow release granular fertilizers are the most convenient to use. Just sprinkle it, according to the directions on the label, into the pots every three months during the growing season.
For crops growing in an optimal soil mix, this will be enough to keep them healthy and productive. For heavy feeders like bananas, supplement this with a water soluble fertilizer applied every two weeks during warm weather.
Watering Your Container Fruit Tree
Never let container fruit trees dry out. Varieties that can survive on natural rainfall in the ground will not be able to do so in a pot. Lack of moisture will weaken the trees, make them vulnerable to insects, and may cause them to drop their fruit before it ripens.
Your objective is to harvest a full crop, but the tree's main objective is to preserve its own life. If there is not enough water for both the fruit and the roots, the crop gets the boot.
Keep the soil in the containers barely moist at all times and you will both achieve your goals.
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Follow the instructions for mixing a rich potting soil on the Container Vegetable Gardening page.
For acid loving fruits like blueberries, leave out the lime and use an acid balanced fertilizer to feed them.
If you are growing fig trees, add a little more lime to the mix.
Sprinkle triple phosphate or super phosphate (these are interchangeable, use whichever you can get) into the soil to induce heavy bloom. Apply a little more phosphate to the surface of the soil each spring, as soon as new growth begins.
Nearly any fruit can be grown in a pot. Or course, the more compact varieties, or those grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, will be easiest to raise in this fashion.
All the fruit plants for sale on this page are have demonstrated superior performance when grown in containers.
Small melons may also be grown in such a pot, but they will produce much less fruit than they would in the ground. You will also have to allow room for the vines to run, or trellis them.
Dwarf apples will produce well in pots as long as you have two varieties which cross pollinate.
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