Many fruit trees and bushes grow well in pots, making them ideal for patios and balconies. Think you need a large garden in order to grow fruit? Then think again. Many fruit trees, including apples, cherries and strawberries, will grow well in pots. That means you can grow your own fruit in a small courtyard garden, on a patio or even a balcony. Many of today’s compact fruit cultivars and modern rootstocks produce smaller bushes and trees, and are geared towards smaller gardens. Fruit trees, shrubs and plants grown in pots will need watering and feeding more regularly than those planted in the ground.
Thanks to dwarf rootstocks, apples now grow well in pots. Grow them in as large a pot as you have space for and give them a sheltered, sunny spot. If you only have room for one plant, choose a self-fertile variety or a ‘family tree’, on to which several apple tree varieties are grafted. Pot size: 45-50cm wide.
Blueberries need acidic soil, which is easy to provide in a pot (choose a peat-free ericaceous mix). They also have pretty fruits and flowers, and attractive autumn leaves. Give them a sheltered, sunny spot and water with rainwater rather than tap water if possible. Pot size: 30cm.
Cherries bear masses of blossom in spring, plus summer fruits and often vivid leaf colour in autumn. Sweet varieties need sun, while sour varieties, such as Morello cherries, tolerate more shade. They are shallow rooted, so water well in their first year and in any dry spells. Pot size: 60cm wide.
Strawberries are perfect for pots. Plant in late summer or early autumn and give them a sunny position. Make sure the crown is level with the surface of the compost. Pot size: Any container, at least 10cm deep.
Figs are perfect for containers as they fruit better when their growth is restricted. Give them a warm, sunny spot and keep well watered. All figs may not be fully hardy in the US, so make sure you choose a hardy variety. Pot size: 35-45cm wide.
Gooseberries are very productive, so you’ll get plenty of fruit in small space. They grow best in a sunny, sheltered spot, although they will bear some fruits in shade. Leave space around the pot as gooseberries to ensure good air flow around the plants. Pot size: 30cm wide.