Growing fruit trees in pots or patio containers have a number of benefits. You can move the trees into a frost-free garage during bad winter conditions or to avoid spring frosts. (Do not bring them into a heated house though). They provide a decorative and fruitful effect on patios, enhanced by an attractive container. You can grow fruit trees in very small spaces, ideal for houses with no gardens. If you think you might be moving house, you can take the trees with you.
Apples, oranges, and other tree fruits are ideal candidates for containers. Beautiful spring flowers followed by luscious fruit — what’s not to love? Fruit trees do require a bit more care than other fruits, especially when it comes to managing insects and diseases. The results are well worth the extra effort.
Most apple varieties are available grown on a nice selection of dwarfing rootstocks that allow you to choose almost any size tree. One of many good rootstocks for containers is EMLA 27, which usually gives you a 5- to the 7-foot-high tree.
Your best pick for growing an orange tree, or any citrus tree, is to pick a dwarf variety. Pick a container with plenty of drainages and make sure your plant gets plenty of light. During the summer, you can move the plant outdoors.
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.
Figs crave sun, so choose a site with as much exposure as possible, preferably next to a south-facing wall. The soil pH should be between 6.0 to 6.5. Plant new fig trees in the spring after all danger of frost for your area has passed.
All of these can be grown in the ground or in containers. Growing guavas in containers has the added benefit of being able to move them to a sheltered area. While pineapple guavas are the most frost tolerant, they are still a semi-tropical plant that needs protection from heavy frost.
Pomegranate trees are grown not only for their juicy, tempting fruit, but also make attractive ornamental specimens with orange-red blossoms prior to fruiting, set off upon glossy, deciduous green leaves. Trees usually have thorns, and are grown as a bushy shrub. That being said, pomegranates can be trained as a small tree ideal when growing a pomegranate in a pot.
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.
Growing a grapevine in a pot requires some specific materials. First, you need to pick your container. Black or dark colored plastic pots heat up in the sun and can cause your grapevine’s roots to get too hot. Wooden containers are a good alternative. If you have to use dark plastic, try to arrange your container so that it stays in the shade but your vine is in the sun. Your container should also be a minimum of 15 gallons. The next thing you need is a good trellis. This can be any shape or material you like, as long as it’s strong and will last.
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