Our guide to Fruit Trees in Planters

 

Growing specially designed varieties of fruit trees in planters can be a great way to install a miniature orchard in your back garden. Planters and small varieties of fruit trees mean you can plant a number of different trees – perfect if you can’t decide between apples and pears. Planters for your fruit trees are also perfect if you have a small garden but still want the perks of your very own fruit tree.

 

What can I grow?

Special varieties of plums, cherries, apples and pears are all perfectly content in a planter as long they get a little extra care and attention. As long as you bring these in over the winter, it’s also perfectly possible to grow fruits like peaches, apricots, figs, grapes, and even blueberries.

 

Tender Loving Care

As we’ve posted on before, anything you plant in a planter does need a little extra TLC. Firstly, make sure the soil you use is free draining and that you line the bottom of the container with a layer of thick plastic sheeting to aid moisture retention, or choose one of our planters like the Vendôme that comes with a pre-installed geo-textile inner liner. Follow up with an additional layer of small stones or gravel. The best planters (like our range – naturally!) will come with ready-made drainage holes and will have feet to offer some clearance between the garden surface and the planter, so look out for those too.

 

Vendome Planter

Fill your planter up with good quality peat-free soil and remember that trees in containers can dry out very quickly. Make sure you water the fruit tree often, and thoroughly. Also make sure you add weekly liquid fertiliser to keep it happily fed. Although not likely to be too much of a problem in this country, it is possible for the roots of fruit trees grown in planters to get very dry which can kill them. Should British temperatures suddenly reach Mediterranean proportions, it might be worth making sure you locate the planter in a sheltered area.

 

Growing Tips

Make sure your fruit trees don’t become pot-bound, you will need to re-pot your tree every year (or every two at least). Ensure your tree is placed in an area of your garden that receives full sun, fertilise regularly, and water, water, water. Wait until the soil is dry (but not parched) before you water again. Do remember that fruit trees grown in containers won’t produce as much fruit as those grown in the ground. What you might miss in crop, can more than be made up for in variety however.

 

Depending on which type of fruit you opt for, you might want to do a little research of your own regarding pollinators and exact care requirements.

 

As long as you treat your planter-grown fruit tree with care and attention throughout the year, you can expect a healthy crop of delicious fruit totally free of charge, year after year. Brilliant fun for all the family!