Trees don’t become trees overnight. It takes years to full maturity so they can still be kept in pots. As long as it is moved to bigger pots over the next years of growth, the tree will stay healthy. Pots should also be chosen wisely. Getting a big pot will take a longer time for the tree to exhaust its space, so it’s probably wise to plan ahead. The average time to move a plant or a dwarf tree would be every 2 years or more, depending on its growth stage.
Growing dwarf fruit trees in containers
Watering and fertilizing are of course essential tasks for rearing fruit trees. There are many options for fertilizers that your local nurseries can provide. When moving your dwarf tree to a bigger pot, the new soil must already be well-fertilized. The type of soil is also a key to a tree’s nourishment. There’s a whole section about soil types but just to give you a gist to its importance, some fruit plants grow best in certain kinds of soil such as blueberry plants which are incredibly fussy about the pH level in the soil. Getting a special mixture for acidic thriving plants with added nutrients in it will take care of finicky greenery. One expert gardener recommends adding 1 part per liter and 1 part 1/4 –inch pine bark to 3 parts of potting soil to help oxygenate the soil.
Pruning is also a technique in growing trees in containers, not just the top but also the roots. Small plants tend to be healthier and stable as the nourishment is concentrated on a smaller distribution area. Root pruning stimulates growth best done in early spring. Keeping the fruit trees up to eight feet tall will produce a manageable fruit tree and will be easy to harvest from.
Plants adapt easily and they’ll grow according to your horticultural desires if tended from the beginning. But note that some fruit trees don’t do well in containers, like plums, peaches, and nectarines due to the rapid growth of their roots.
A fruit tree in a container may sound preposterous but it is definitely possible. There is surprisingly a community of gardeners who have proven to be successful in propagating fruit trees in containers. They’ve grown avocados, figs, jujubes, pomegranates, blueberries, lemons, various citrus fruit trees and other fast growing fruit trees in pots. They’re able to bring the potted trees indoors during freezing temperatures, grown them in verandas especially in limited condominium units, and they can enjoy fresh fruits picked off their own tree.