How to Plant a Cherry Tree in a Pot


Cherry trees are well known for three things: fruit, hardwood and blossoms. Of course, a cherry tree grown for lumber should be grown as large as possible, which means placing it in the ground. Folks who wish to enjoy the fruit and blossoms of a cherry tree without the necessary yard space can try growing it in a container. By following a few practical steps, you should have a healthy and decorative container-grown tree.

Step 1

Prepare your 5-gallon planting container by placing a section of fine screen on the bottom over the drainage hole. This will hold in the soil from draining out during watering.

Step 2

Fill the pot about half full by layering 2 inches of gravel over the screen and then 10 to 12 inches of lightweight potting soil. If you fill the pot with regular soil, it will be so heavy that you might have problems moving it.

Step 3

Set the cherry tree into the pot. Obviously, this would only be done with a 2- or 3-year-old tree or the root mass would be too large. If the tree came bare-root, spread the roots around in a circle.

Step 4

Fill potting soil in and over the roots of the cherry tree, tamping it down with your palm until you fill the plant pot to within 2 inches of the top rim.

Step 5

Water the planted cherry tree with two or three gallons of water. Stop when the water starts draining from the bottom of the pot.

Step 6

Set the pot in a sunny spot where it will get full sun for most of the day. Fruit trees that do not get enough sunlight are more prone to disease and pests.

Step 7

Prune the tree every spring to control the growth. Remove dead or damaged wood throughout the year. Replace the potting soil every year to replenish the nutrients for the cherry tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Cherry tree
  • Screen
  • Potting soil
  • 5-gallon plant pot
  • Pruning shears


  • University of Florida. IFAS Extension: Growing Fruit Crops in Containers
  • Cornell University: Tree Planting Fundamentals
Keywords: container cherry tree, growing cherry tree, Cherry tree pot

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.