Best fruit trees to grow in pots: our top choices for containers

Best fruit trees to grow in pots: our top choices for containers

Popular, dwarf fruit trees to grow in pots

If you’d like to grow your own fruit at home but have limited space, try growing fruit trees in pots.

Fruit trees grow well in pots as long as they are grown on a dwarf rootstock, which means they grow to about half the size of a regular fruit tree.

Most popular fruit trees are available in dwarf or mini varieties including apples, pears, oranges and cherries.


growing citrus tree in a pot

a lemon hanging from a tree in a pot

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.

Place your fruit tree in a nice sunny spot and feed it regularly with a liquid seaweed solution.

1. Apple Trees

Here's how simple it is to grow apples in pots
Source: Irish Examiner

Dwarf apple trees look great growing in pots or tubs, and they’re perfect for backyards, courtyards or sunny balconies.

If you don’t have much space, it’s best to choose a self-pollinating variety so that you only need to grow one plant to get fruit.


2. Orange Trees

round orange fruits lot
Oranges and other citrus fruits will grow well in pots situated in a sunny position.

Orange trees need at least 8 hours of sunlight a day and grow best in warm climates where winters are mild, but they can still be grown in cool climates with a bit of care during winter.

3. Cherry Trees

35 Best Types of Cherries to Grow in Pots | Balcony Garden Web
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Some cherry trees take up to four years to produce fruit, but in the meantime you can enjoy their beautiful white or pink blossoms during springtime.

Birds love to eat cherries, so netting may be needed.

The best time to pick cherries is when they’re fully ripe because they don’t continue to ripen after they’re picked.



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