Fruit Trees You Can Easily Grow in a Pot

Think you need a big garden to grow fruit trees? Think again with this easy to grow the list of container gardening fruit.

You’ll be surprised how many fruits thrive when grown in containers. For the best growers choose the dwarf varieties that fruit over a long period. You can even get “fruit salad” trees that have multiple fruits growing on the one plant.

For the best growth make sure you feed your plants with a high-quality fertilizer that is low in mineral salts (which easily build up to toxic levels in containers). Jobes Organic Fruit and Citrus fertilizer are our favorite.

Container gardening fruits should be grown in 25-gallon pots at a minimum. Anything smaller and your plants won’t have enough soil to grow and produce fruit. These 25-gallon smart pots are much better than the hard plastic containers most gardeners use.

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers

Consider whether you prefer plastic, clay, or some other material. For example, plastic is lightweight and resistant to fungi and mold. Then, although terracotta pots are heavier, they allow water to evaporate faster, and don’t heat up as much in the sun.

Finally, you’ll need to select the best kind of potting soil and compost, which may vary according to whether you’re raising citrus, apple, fig, or other types of fruit. Get advice from your local garden center; plus you can find guidance online and in gardening books.

There are many advantages to growing fruit trees in pots. These dwarf trees will still give you the delicious fruit you want at almost any time of year, but you can also move them around as needed. When the weather is colder, you can move them inside where they can benefit from the warm interior. During warm weather, transfer them to the patio or deck so they can take advantage of the sun’s rays.

Now I’d like to show you all the delicious kinds of fruit trees you can grow in pots. Note that there are also many other kinds of trees, like indoor palm trees, that you can grow in a pot, as well.

Avocado

Surprisingly, all you need for a brand new avocado is another avocado.

Once you have removed the pit and rinsed it well, push three or four toothpicks into the base and suspend it in a glass of water with the pointed side up. Then, place it on a warm window sill and make sure it has plenty of water. In a few weeks, you should have a brand new tree that is ready for planting. Place the rooted seed in a pot and leave it in a sunny place, watering frequently, but lightly. Then guac at the fruits of your labor.

Lemon

This easy to grow tropical fruit is one of the best for containers. Just make sure you protect your lemons from frost or they’ll die. If you’re in frost-prone areas then growing your lemons in containers means you can move them inside over the winter.

Almost all the lemon varieties are suitable to grow in containers. They grow best in rich potting soil and Organic fertilizer.

Lime Trees

Lime trees are one of those fruit trees that benefit from being grown in a container because of mobility. Like most citrus trees, colder temperatures are a death sentence. Having a dwarf tree in a pot means you can quickly move your growing limes inside when it drops below 25°F.

The best lime trees for container gardening are the Tahitian or Persian, the Kaffir, and the Mexican lime. Keep in mind that if you can keep your tree thriving for a few years, you will likely have to re-pot or prune the roots.

Mandarin Trees

Mandarin trees are relatively small, making them perfect for growing in containers. While mandarins can tolerate the cold until about 20°F, it is best to bring your tree inside during the winter. Mandarin trees do best in full sun and should be placed in front of a window if you don’t have space outside.

To keep your mandarin tree in good health, water it consistently so the soil is moist. Be careful not to over-water, as you don’t want the roots to get soggy.

Now that you know which fruit trees are the best for growing in containers, you can get started on your very own orchard! If fruit trees aren’t your thing, you can always choose other shrubs for containers to add ambiance to your home.

No matter what climate you live in, these compact fruit trees can thrive by growing indoors. Whether you only have space on a balcony, in front of a window, or even on your roof, you can make your limitations work for you.

Pomegranate

Since pomegranate trees can reach 30 feet in height and are fast-growing trees, choose the dwarf variety for your container garden. The diminutive Punica granatum var. Nana only grows to 3 feet.

Gardeners recommend terracotta containers and soil with good drainage for raising pomegranates. These fruit trees do well in rooms with a lot of light, like southern or eastern exposure. And they prefer temperatures above 40 degrees.

In conclusion, you’ve just seen how you can enjoy a private orchard indoors by growing fruit trees in containers. In most cases, all you need is plenty of sunshine and a little diligence to take care of their needs.

Guava

Grow this lush tropical bush near a door or window to make the most of the heavenly sweet flowers and ripening fruits. Your guava will fill the air with such a strong smell that you can practically taste the fruits without ever picking them.

Thriving in a warm sunny area, give this tropical plant plenty of water and a regular feed with fish emulsion. Be careful to protect it from frost and cold weather though or you’ll lose your crop (and plant).

Pear

Pears are one of the best fruit trees for containers because you have more control over the conditions. Pears tend to flower early, so late frosts can be very dangerous. If you can, move your tree indoors or cover the branches with fleece if you expect frost during the flowering season.

The best varieties of dwarf pear are the Collette Everbearing, Conference, Durondeau, and Stark Honeysweet. Like all the trees on this list, pears require full sun and frequent, though not excessive, watering.

Passion Fruit

Passion fruit is such beautiful fruit. Often times, we just assume that we can’t grow things because of where we live. Well, container gardening has changed all of that. Regardless of where you live, there is a great chance that you can still grow passion fruit in a container.

So passion fruit is a perennial vine so you should only have to plant it once. I don’t know about you, but perennials have a special place in my heart because I do only have to plant them one time. The only special treatment passion fruit has is that it needs a sturdy trellis for its heavy harvest.

Raspberry

What better way to harvest delicious fresh raspberries than from a pot on your own patio! Now you can grow raspberries even if you have the smallest of gardens. The first of its kind, Ruby Beauty® will reach a maximum height of 1m (3ft 3in) and produce an abundance of fruit with a traditional raspberry flavor. The plant is multi-branching, requiring little or no support and is therefore perfect for growing in a pot on the patio and for dotting around the border amongst other plants. Picking is easy due to its spineless stems and the plant can easily be covered with a net to keep the birds away.

Blackberry

Similar to the very popular ‘Loch Ness’ and easily the equal of that superb variety, Loch Tay features the advantage of a much earlier fruiting season, its rounded jet black fruits start to ripen in late July and continue through most of August. The fruit themselves are firm so will shrug off summer downpours with ease and will maintain a good condition on the bush if you don’t get around to harvesting them. They are packed full of sweet flavor and the crops are of a good size.
The spine free canes feature the same semi-upright, compact habit of Loch Ness which makes them a breeze to harvest. They can be grown quite simply as a self-supporting bush on its own, planted 1m apart, incorporated into a row of raspberries or grown in a container. Loch Tay is a highly worthwhile accompaniment to the Loch Ness and also the best early-season thorn free compact Blackberry.

Plum

Another of the best dwarf fruit trees for containers, plum trees produce heavy crops with little effort. Most are self-fertile and don’t require much pruning, except in summer. Greengages are an excellent variety to grow.

The one thing you must be careful off is thinning developing fruit. A common problem with plum trees is that they produce too many plums one year, and then next to nothing the following year. Thin out your crop, so the fruits are about two inches apart.

Nectarines

Readily available in dwarf varieties nectarines grow surprisingly well in containers. Their delicious fruits will be bursting with flavor and juices right at your doorstep. Grow them on your balcony or patio where you can easily protect them from pests.

If fruit flies, bats or other pests are active in your area then make sure you protect the fruits with a fruit net as soon as the fruits begin to grow.

These fruit salad varieties are our favorites for backyard gardeners. You’ll have different flavored fruits ripening over multiple months every year.

Apples

Yes, you can grow apples in pots. They just need to be big enough to handle the tree. The trick to growing apple trees in containers is using cordons. These are frames you can buy or build.

The cordons encourage the tree to branch out like a bush. Or, choose to dwarf rootstock by trimming back excess in the root ball. With these two methods, your trees will focus their efforts on fruit instead of their height.

Another trick is to raise more than one apple tree at a time so they will pollinate each other. For example, try Fuji and Honeycrisp together, or Pink Lady and Jonagold. And if you enjoy cooking apples, raise Sierra Beauty, Liberty, or Gordon varieties.

Take care to plant your apple trees in the right type of soil, water them as directed, and watch for pests who like apples as much as you do. With some care and attention, your apple trees will be producing delicious apples that you can enjoy right off the tree or gather to make some yummy homemade recipes.

Banana

These are another plant that needs a strictly tropical climate. Although it is possible to grow bananas in cold climates if you move them inside during winter months. Bananas are heavy feeders and fast growers given the right conditions.

Grow them in full sun and give plenty of water all season. Some cultivars are available for colder climates and are more frost hardy.

Cumquats

Probably the easiest to grow of all citrus trees is the cumquat. These little known fruits are especially tart, growing to about the size of your thumb. They are best used in jams and jellies.

Limes are another easy to grow citrus. For the best tasting and juicy limes make sure you keep the soil moist throughout fruiting. Mushroom compost is a great mulch and will hold a lot of water in the soil.

Strawberries

Strawberries are great fruits to grow in containers. The reason is that they are perennial so you only have to plant them once. Then you can bring them inside during the colder months so the roots will be protected from frost.

Just so you know, the best option of strawberries is the everbearing strawberries because you get two harvests a year. One in June and one in late summer. This is better for container gardeners so you don’t get overrun at once.

But you will need a pot about 18 inches wide to hold around 10 to 12 plants. They also need excellent drainage and about 8 hours of direct sunlight.

How to Grow Strawberries in Pots

Blueberries

Not technically a fruit but if you’re looking for something sweet and easy to grow you can’t pass up blueberries! The tasty little berries produce heavily when grown in a container with rich acidic soil.

For the best taste make sure you blueberries dry out a little bit between watering and fertilize your plants regularly with liquid fish emulsion.

Apricot

Dwarf apricot varieties like Stella and Stark Golden Glow thrive in containers. And you can prune back any other kind of apricot to raise it in a pot.

If you live in an area with balmy winters, try Blenheim, Flora Gold, and Gold Kist because they are low-chill. They don’t need a long cold season to grow fruit.

Water-soluble fertilizer, one of the uses for coffee grounds, tends to be best for apricots. They do well in sunny locations where their soil never completely dries. And their fruit is ready to harvest when it’s firm and yellow.

Tangerine Trees

To successfully grow tangerine trees in a container or pot, you need good drainage. They need full sun, which means at least six hours of sunlight a day, but can grow indoors. However, you will get the best results if you keep it outdoors during the warmer seasons.

A tree grown from dwarf rootstock will grow no taller than 4 or 5 feet, and a 10 to 15-gallon container size will suffice. A dwarf tangerine tree thrives with light but frequent water instead of soaking the roots.

Figs

Figs might seem like a random thing to grow in containers but really it is a great option. They only require a pot that is about 16 inches across. They are not finicky when it comes to soil either so it only needs to be well-drained.

But as non-finicky and drought tolerant as they are, they do still require full sun. Plus, you’ll need to water them daily during the hottest periods of summer since water evaporates faster with container gardening.

Cherry Tree

Most cherries fertilize themselves (except for Bing), making it possible to experiment with only one tree. But that may not be enough if you truly love this tasty fruit.

And fair warning, the birds will love it, too. If you place your container outdoors, prepare to hang netting as a defense once the cherries ripen.

Popular varieties of cherry include Stella, Lapins, Duke, and Morello. These grow well in partly shady places.

You can raise them as a bush from dwarfing rootstock or on an espalier against a wall. And keep them well-watered so that they develop juicy fruit.

Pineapple

When I came across this option for growing fruit in containers, I’ll admit, I got a little excited. Why? Because I love pineapple. After reviewing this recipe, you’ll understand why.

But I digress, so establishing pineapples as fruits to grow in containers isn’t difficult. You just cut the crown off of the pineapple. Then soak it in water for a day or two. Then you’ll plant it in a gallon-sized container and place in the sun. With a little time and care, you’ll have your own homegrown pineapple.

Olive Tree

Since you might enjoy olives as a garnish for your drinks or your meals, wouldn’t it be handy to grow them in your home? They prefer six hours of light each day, so place the pot in a south-facing window.

Dwarf olive trees thrive in a cactus mix that’s well-drained. Plus, they do well in drier air indoors.

Be sure to confirm the variety you choose is fruit-bearing like Picholine or Arbequina. And plan to expose them to cooler temperatures to encourage them to produce fruit.

Currants

I am probably going to hear a loud gasp across the homesteading community, but I have never actually eaten a current. I have an awesome recipe for currant jam though that I’d love to try out when I plant some currants in the near future.

After realizing I can grow them in a container, I’m thinking I just might plant them next year. They don’t require a lot of effort growing them in a container. All you need is a large pot; lots of water; and they need an adequate amount of compost mixed into their dirt. The currants can be grown as bushes or trained to go up a trellis as well. That makes them that much more appealing to me.

Orange

Orange trees might make you think of sunshine and summer, but they are sensitive to frost. If you live in a zone with winter temperatures below 35°F, move them indoors during cold weather. They make great indoor fruit trees.

When you plant orange trees, it’s easiest to choose one from a nursery instead of starting with seeds. Try the Calamondin variety if you’re new to growing oranges.

Pot the rootstock with the graft scar above the soil level, but cover the roots. And orange trees prefer moist ground, plenty of sunlight, and frequent feedings of fertilizer.

Gooseberries

This is another plant option I passed up this year and am thinking of reconsidering next year. Now that I know that they can be planted in containers I no longer have to miss out on growth opportunities due to worries of running out of space.

So if you are unfamiliar with gooseberries, they basically require the same care as currants do. You will need a large pot to grow them in, but you can give them all of the same soil and fertilizing requirements as you do the currants. But where currants are apparently awesome for homemade jams, gooseberries apparently make amazing pies.

Peach

Did you know that the first peach trees came from China? Now they thrive around the world in climates like USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8. And they love sitting in full sun.

For best results, keep these dwarf fruit trees well-watered. You can slow down the water evaporation by spreading mulch over the soil. And try potting mix that contains vermiculite and peat moss to conserve moisture.

Mulberries

This is another one I’m going to try my best to plant next year. Now that I know it can go in a pot on my back patio, I now have no excuse not to grow them!

So the deal with mulberries is that you usually need to buy the dwarf option of the plant and plant them in a large container. The only downside to mulberries is apparently the ripe fruit will leave hideous stains on your patio or porch. So keep that in mind if growing them in a container.

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