Many homeowners want to grow their own fruits, but they’re worried due to their limited space. Thankfully, you can also plant fruits in pots. What matters is that these pots are disease-free and have enough drainage holes. With that in mind, there are the top 9 fruits you can grow in pots.
First on our list are raspberries, which aren’t that easy to grow in pots but are still manageable. Look for varieties such as Fall Gold raspberries and Heritage red raspberries since these are both ever-bearing. Thus, your potted plants will continuously produce fruits throughout the growing season. The soil should be well-draining and the pH must ideally be between 6.0 and 6.2.
Similar to raspberries, watermelons will thrive in pots that have well-draining soil. Pick watermelon varieties such as Crimson Sweet, Jubilee, and Orange Sweet since these are relatively small enough to be grown in pots. The pots should each have a capacity of five gallons. As the watermelon plants continue to grow, you need to prepare for the vines. You can either let them crawl around or have them spread vertically on a trellis or wire mesh.
Bananas are easy to grow, especially if you are in a tropical area. These fruit-bearing trees require full sunlight but they should be protected from strong winds. Likewise, use sandy soil that is both fertile and well-draining. Pick the small varieties such as the Dwarf Jamaican and the Dwarf Cavendish. These usually just grow to a height ranging from 1.5 to four meters.
Just like growing bananas, it’s best to pick small varieties of lemon for your pots. These include the Lisbon, Ponderosa, and Meyer Improved dwarf varieties. Lemon trees require regular irrigation to avoid leaves from drying out. We recommend applying a slow-release fertilizer to support their growth. Lastly, mist them every day to provide enough humidity.
Here is a video of growing lemons in a pot:
The soil pH must hover between 5.0 and 7.0 if you want your guavas to grow well. Instead of just potting soil, try combining this with some organic compost to improve soil fertility. Containers must have a depth and width of at about two feet. Like banana trees, guavas enjoy the full sunlight. However, they don’t require a lot of irrigation like lemon trees. You only have to water them deeply three times in the summer months.
Pineapples are undoubtedly one of the best fruits you can grow in pots. These plants grow to just between three to six feet in height. Moreover, these don’t need to be grown in deep soil due to their shallow root systems. Still, you must still give them adequate sunlight regularly. Also, keep the pineapple crown planted an inch below the soil surface.
Image URL: https://assets.bakker.com/ProductPics/560×676/12903-00-BAKI_20171120142827.jpg
Image Source: Bakker
Nectarine is a deciduous tree that produces sweet-tasting fruits. Dwarf varieties such as Necta Zee and Garden Delight produce fruits as big as those produced by normal-sized nectarine trees. What’s great about nectarines is that these self-pollinate and they have visually appealing flowers during spring. Give them a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight and apply a fertilizer with high phosphorus content.
If you only want to grow one apple tree in your pot, get one that is self-pollinating. Otherwise, you’d need at least two dwarf apple trees to enable pollination. Use a five-gallon pot with a depth and width of at least one foot. Over time, you would need to place your apple tree in a bigger pot to avoid the roots from becoming tangled.
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without strawberries. These delicious fruits can be grown in pots 12 inches wide and eight inches deep. Use light-colored pots to stop the roots from succumbing to the excessive heat. Avoid the soil from getting dry through regular irrigation, but don’t let the soil become soggy. Don’t forget to place the strawberry pots where they can receive eight hours of direct sunlight.
Overall, there are many fruits that can be grown in pots. Just pick dwarf varieties of fruit-bearing plants and provide the necessary amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizer. Keep the soil well-draining and adjust the pH accordingly. If you have any queries, feel free to send us a message.