Container Fruit Gardening

Overview

Growing fruits in the garden might not be possible in certain areas of the country due to harsh weather conditions or soil that is unsuitable for the endeavor. It is possible to grow fruits in containers successfully. Small, temperate fruits such as strawberry, blueberry and fig can be placed in containers and grown indoors. Fruit container gardening also makes possible the growth of tropical or subtropical fruit plants such as avocado, coffee, pineapple and papaya.

Step 1

Choose a container that has enough room for full-grown plants, adequate drainage and has never held materials toxic to plants or animals, according to the University of Arizona. Plastic, wood and metal are all acceptable.

Step 2

Place a piece of screen mesh cut to the size of the bottom of the pot over the drainage holes and cover with a 1- to 2-inch layer of gravel to aid in drainage.

Step 3

Mix one part sand, one part peat and one part bark chips for a potting mixture and fill the container so that there is enough soil for the plant to grow at its previous pot depth.

Step 4

Remove the transplant from its container and place it into the pot. Firm some more potting soil around the plant so that there is only 1 inch left in the pot between the container lip and the soil.

Step 5

Water the plant until water comes out of the bottom of the pot and set the plant in a sunny location. If setting the plant outside, harden the plant by placing it outside for longer periods of time each day for two weeks until the plant can withstand a full day in the elements.

Step 6

Fertilize the fruit plant once there is new growth, mixing the fertilizer and applying according to the package instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen mesh
  • Gravel
  • Container
  • Sand
  • Peat
  • Bark
  • Water
  • Water-soluble fertilizer

References

  • University of Arizona Extension: Container Gardening
  • University of Florida Extension: Growing Fruit Crops in Containers
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Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on eHow.com, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.