Now that you've learned how to care for fruit trees in containers, it's time to choose the right fruit tree to plant. With proper care, a bit of patience and lots of light, you absolutely can eat fruit grown in your very own backyard.
● Apples (USDA Zones: 3-9, variety M26, M9)
Apple dwarf rootstocks grow well in pots. Apples thrive in large pots set in a sheltered, sunny spot. a self-fertile variety will produce fruit for many seasons.
● Strawberries (USDA Zones: 3-10)
Strawberries in containers are easy to grow, don’t require large pots or space, and you can even grow on your patio or balcony. A tip for growing a higher fruit yield is to fertilize your strawberry plants before they go dormant in winter.
Because peaches bloom as early as March, growing them in a container makes it easier to move them away from sudden frosts or strong winds.
Peach (and nectarine) trees grow best in a sunny, sheltered spot. Repot every two years to refresh the soil.
● Figs (variety)
Figs like to be rootbound, so they are perfect for containers. Give them a warm, sunny spot and keep the soil moist.
● Lemon (Meyer Improved dwarf, Lisbon, ponderosa dwarf)
Lemons (and other citrus fruits) are some of the easiest fruits to grow in containers. All they need is great, well-draining soil, filtered and consistent sunlight and frequent feedings.
● Blueberry (Ozarkblue, Duke)
Blueberries are autumn thriving plants, and their foliage will double as beautiful decor for your garden. They need constant rainwater, acidic soil and a sheltered, sunny spot to thrive.
It’s impossible to talk about planting fruit trees without mentioning avocados. They are famously easy to start indoors in water and can stay that way for years, making them an ideal addition to your houseplant collection. Avocados started in water will need to be transplanted to soil and fed regularly to encourage fruiting. They prefer warmer weather.