What Types of Fruits & Vegetables Grow Well in Containers?

Just because you don't have space for a garden doesn't mean you can't grow and produce delicious, savory fruits and vegetables. Container gardening provides just this and is perfect for small spaces like patios and decks. Containers also have many advantages, including the ability for the gardener to choose soil type and amount of light. So, get planting and begin growing the vast number of fruits and vegetables that thrive in containers.

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables love growing in the dark and rich soils of a container. Because they are grown underground, root vegetables bulbs can be nestled inside any size and shape container for a plethora of delicious vegetables. Beets are very well suited for container culture and thrive inside the pot. Turnips and carrots also enjoy being grown in containers where the gardener has full range of the soil type and sunlight requirements.

Leafy Vegetables

Leafy vegetables like lettuces and greens are perfect for containers because of their small size.These cool weather growers prefer a slightly shaded are in the garden. Greens like Swiss chard, mustard greens and kale can be grown in containers for a mini edible container garden. Leaf lettuces like arugula and bibb also thrive tucked into a container among other leafy greens.


The berry fruit family grows well in containers where the fruits can drip over the edge for a delectable and stunning design to the landscape. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are ideal container-loving fruits. Some berry fruits like blueberries and raspberries are perennial fruits that grow tall and strong over the years. For perennial berries, consider starting them out in a larger pot to eventually grow into the space. Another fruit to grow inside a container is the dwarf apple tree and lime tree. Both are shorter trees and look lovely planted within the container and situated along a garden wall or outdoor patio.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.