Not only the vegetables but fruits can be grown in containers as well. Here are the 11 best fruits to grow in pots if you’re a beginner.
Most popular fruit trees are available in dwarf or mini varieties including apples, pears, oranges and cherries. You can use just about any type of container to grow fruit trees including plastic, timber, terracotta or ceramic pots as long as they’re at least 1 foot (30cm) wide and 1 foot deep. Half wine barrels also work well.
The best time to plant fruit trees in containers is during winter or early spring when the trees are still dormant.
1. Apple Trees
You can grow apple trees on a dwarfing rootstock as a bush or as an espalier. Some apples that can be grown are: Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp, and these will pollinate one another.
2. Orange Trees
Growing orange trees in containers is the easiest and surest method to protect them from possible cold damage. The key is selecting the best orange trees suited for pots followed by appropriate fertilization, watering, and maintenance of size through pruning.
3. Cherry Trees
Bush cherry cultivars are suitable for container gardening. Cherries prefer a mild climate and a little water as they dislike wet feet.
Birds love to eat cherries, so netting may be needed.
4. Pear Trees
Pear trees grown in containers need at least six hours of sunlight each day. Pears are one of the earliest flowering fruit trees and can be damaged by frost. The trees can be covered if they’re in flower when a frost is forecast.
5. Plum Trees
These trees deliver heavy crops. Some varieties are self-fertile so you will need just a little bit pruning during summer time. To ensure your tree will give fruit year after year, thin out developing plums during the midsummer, making 2-inch distance between them.
6. Apricot Trees
Apricot trees are frost hardy when dormant over winter, but the flowers are susceptible to frost damage. The best time to pick apricots is when the fruit changes from green to yellow / orange in color and feels slightly soft, but still firm.
7. Peach Trees
These trees are dormant during winter and blossom in early spring. For that reason their flowers can be damaged by frost. You should move your tree inside if it blooms during a frost. Or, you can cover the tree with horticultural fleece.
8. Fig Trees
Figs crave sun, so choose a site with as much exposure as possible, preferably next to a south-facing wall. Plant new fig trees in the spring after all danger of frost for your area has passed.
9. Avocado Trees
Avocado trees grown in containers are restricted by the size of the container as well as pruning. Young avocado trees are susceptible to sunburn, so they may need shading in the hot afternoon sun. Avocados mature on the tree, but they don’t ripen until they’re picked.
10. Lemon Trees
When growing lemon trees in containers, the needs are very similar to lemon trees growing in the ground. The lemon trees will need good drainage, so make sure the pot has drainage holes.
11. Lime Trees
Lime trees need at least 8 hours of sun per day and moist but well drained soil. The trees can be moved indoors or to a garage if winter temperatures fall below 25 degrees F. (-4 C.)
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