Fruits for Container Gardens – A Listing of Fruits for Growing in Pots for Gourmet Eating

Growing fruits in containers will help extend the variety of edible plants in your garden. If you enjoy growing vegetables and herbs in containers, experiment with fruit growing to round out your selection of edible foods. By growing fruits in containers, you will experience the exquisite taste sensation of eating beautifully ripened fruit picked from your own garden at the height of perfection.

I’ve created a listing of the most popular and readily available fruits and fruit trees suitable for growing in containers. These plants have stood the test of time and popularity and are all worthy of attention.

This listing of fruits for container gardens is incomplete. Visit often as I add more plants to this listing. When a plant name is underlined (ex. blueberries), click on the link to get more information on how to plant and grow that particular fruit.

Listing of Fruits for Container Gardens

Apricots:
Growth Pattern: Perennial tree
Zones: 5-8
Plant Size: Dwarf variety 4-6″ high 2-4″ spread
Light Requirements: Full sun
Purchase for Starting: Dormant, bare root, 1 year old trees if possible. Apricots are self-fertilizing, only 1 tree is needed, but will do better if 2 varieties are planted.
Harvest Season: Mid July
Container: 18-24 inches deep
Varieties: Dwarf varieties: Stark Golden Glo ; Garden Annie
Comments: Expect 1-2 bushels of fruit from the dwarf variety after 3 years.

Blueberries:
Growth Pattern: Hardy perennial shrub
Zones: 5-8
Plant Size: 3-4′ high and wide
Light Requirements: Full sun
Purchase for Starting: Bare root plants by mail or container plants in your local nursery
Harvest Season: Early to late summer
Container: 18-24 inches deep
Varieties: Dwarf bush “Sunshine Blue”
Comments:
This variety will produce 5-10 pounds of berries per plant. Does best in acidic soil. Available from Park Seed Co.

Citrus:
Growth Pattern: Perennial trees or shrubs
Zones: 6-11
Plant Size: 2′-8′ high
Light Requirements: Morning Sun with Filtered Afternoon Shade
Purchase for Starting: Young potted trees or shrubs
Harvest Season: All seasons depending on variety
Container: Minimum 18″ deep
Dwarf Varieties for Containers: Improved Meyer Lemon, Bearss Lime, Washington Navel Orange, Trovita Orange, Mexican Key Lime, Rangpur Lime, Etrog Citron
Comments: When growing citrus in containers, be sure to purchase dwarf varieties. Citrus trees are self-fertile, which means you don’t need to have 2 varieties planted in order to set fruit. All citrus needs to be protected against frost. If you live where temperatures drop below 32 degrees, plants can be wintered over indoors.

Currants:
Growth Pattern: Perennial shrub
Zones: 3-6
Plant Size: 3-4 high and wide
Light Requirements: Sun or Shade
Purchase for Starting: Young plants grown from cuttings
Harvest Season: Early June – Mid July
Container: Minimum 15″ deep
Varieties: Rovada, Cherry,Red Lake(cold hardiest variety)
Comments: Currants come in 3 colors, black, red and white. Self-pollinating. Currants are outlawed in some states because of the spread of white pine blister rust.

Figs:
Growth Pattern: Perennial tree
Zones: 7-10
Plant Size: 6-8′ 3-4′ wide / Dwarf Fig Tree variety 3 -4′ high
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Purchase for Starting: Potted plants or plants grown from cuttings
Harvest Season: Mid summer – fall
Container: 18-24 inches deep
Varieties: Petite Negra Available from Park Seed Co.
Dwarf Fig Tree available from Gurney’s Seed Co.
Comments: Figs are self-fertile and wii bear fruit in 3-4 years. If you plant to attract birds, plant this beautiful ornamental and they will come.

Gooseberries:
Growth Pattern: Perennial shrub
Zones: 3-6
Plant Size:3-4 high and wide
Light Requirements: Full sune/shade
Purchase for Starting: Young plants grown from cuttings
Harvest Season: Early June – Mid July
Container: Minimum 15″ deep
Varieties: Hinnomaki Red, Pixwell
Comments: Gooseberries and currants are closely related. Gooseberries are sweeter than currants. Growing conditions are the same as are state restrictions due to the spread of white pine blister rust.

Olives:
Growth Pattern: Perennial tree
Zones: 5-8
Plant Size: 5-7′ with pruning
Light Requirements: Full sun/partial shade
Purchase for Starting: Potted tree
Harvest Season: Late summer to fall
Container: 24″ deep
Varieties: Arbequina Olives
Comments: A small tree can provide 20 pounds of olives per year. Easy to prune and keep to a manageable size when grown in containers. In northern states, just pot them up in a container and bring them indoors during the harshest weeks of winter. Self-pollinating. Can be purchased from Fast Growing Trees .

Pomegranate:
Growth Pattern: Perennial bush
Zones: 9-10
Plant Size: 2′ / 2-3′ spread
Light Requirements: Full sun/partial shade
Purchase for Starting: Young plants grown from cuttings or pot plant
Harvest Season: Late summer to fall
Container: 18″deep
Varieties: Dwarf Pomegranate available from Gurney’s Seed Co.
Comments: Self-pollinating but needs hand or insect pollinating to bear fruit, blossoms attract hummingbirds, ideal for window boxes, withstands temperatures to 40 degrees.

Strawberries:
Growth Pattern: Annual or Short Lived Perennial
Zones: 5-8
Plant Size: 12″
Light Requirements: Full sun
Purchase for Starting: Plants
Harvest Season: Late May to mid June/ Ever bearing plants June- first frost
Container: 8-12″
Varieties: Seascape-(Best suited for containers), Alexandria (Alpine strawberries-suited for containers), Eversweet everbearing
Comments: Plants can produce fruit for 3-5 years. Many gardeners treat strawberries as annuals because with proper watering and fertilizng, plants can bear fruit from the first year.

If you like planting your strawberries in a strawberry jar, check out Planting a Strawberry Jar for information on how to control moisture and obtain the best yield for your planting.

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