While growing flowers & veggies in planters can be easy, growing fruit trees & berries take a little more thought. You will need to become familiar with such things as root stocks, pollination, and climate control. We discuss all of those items in this blog post.
Growing your own fruit in a garden planter is really fun and rewarding. Nothing tastes better than homegrown fruit picked at peak ripeness. Imagine the pleasure of adding a handful of berries to your morning cereal or making an apple pie with fruit from your potted tree.
Many types of fruits and berries adapt nicely to growing in containers. Plant breeders continue to develop compact varieties especially suited to garden pottery, and they have many advantages as well. Probably the most important point is the mobility that container planted trees provide. If frost threatens, you can move your fruit trees under cover for some protection.
Before you get started on this fun adventure - you need to learn a few fruit gardening terms and concepts that will keep coming up. Remember how pollen moves from the male part of the flower to the female part, fertilizing it and causing fruit to grow? Well some fruit trees like Peach have compatible male and female flower parts. This means if you plant a peach by itself it will produce fruit.
Other fruits including apple & blueberries produce more quantity if they are cross pollinated. This means they receive pollen from another variety. You can still grow one blueberry or apple plant and get some fruit but you will get a lot more if a different variety grows nearby.
The root stock is the below grow portion of the plant. The scion is above ground. If grown on their own roots get huge. Much to big for a container. But, if grown on dwarfing root stocks they are ideal for planters.
When it comes to selecting planters make sure they are large enough with a drain hole in the bottom. In fact the more holes the better. You don't want to be re-potting your trees every year. Terracotta is always best because it breathes and is the best for air circulation around the roots. However, terracotta is meant to break down over time so it never hurts to go with a glazed or high fired planter.
Nothing is better than the fresh, sweet flavor of home-grown
fruit and berries. Even though not all
fruit can grow well in the space of a garden planter, many do really well.
When it comes to selecting the size of
planter to use, we go back to the old saying, the bigger planter the
better. You need room for the root
system to be able to prevent the plant from becoming root bound. Eventually all fruit trees or berry bushes
will need to be transplanted into the ground.
Many fruit trees are naturally small and perfect for a
garden planter. Dwarf varieties are your
best bet. Now is the time to select the container. You pretty much can go with any material of
flowerpots. Clay, Ceramic, Concrete,
Glazed, Lightweight Poly Resin or High Fired Clay will all work. Like we already said, make sure they are
large enough and have drain holes. You
do not want the plants roots to sit in standing water. Place the pots where they will be located
before planting because of the weight.
For the most successful crop, take care to give yourpotted plants
sufficient water and fertilizer. Keep
soil in the clay garden pots moist and never let it dry out completely. Apply a fertilizer as directed. With exceptions, most kinds of fruit and
berries need at least 6 hrs of sunshine a day to set, ripen and sweeten the
Plant bare root blueberries, strawberries, dwarf citrus like
apple, pear, lemon, peach & apricot.
All work really well in garden containers, ceramic garden pottery and
garden clay pots.
Blueberries have always been one of the more popular fruits from the berry family. There health benefits have been well known for years. Fun to eat, perfect in smoothies, great for desserts & salads, and easy to grow in garden planters! Here are a few easy tips!
Start by selecting the planter you want to pot the blueberries in. Make it large, at least 18 inches deep and as wide as possible. These plants need lots of space for a hearty root system with plenty of room to grow. Place the container in a area of your yard or garden where it will be full sunshine. Use a potting mix that will give you great drainage.
Potted blueberries are easy to care for. Water at least 1 inch per week but if your pot is in a windy area you may need to water more. Apply a thick layer of mulch after potting to keep moisture locked in and fertilize about 3 weeks after planting. Birds can be an issue since they love to dine on the berries so you may need to net the potted plant to eliminate that issue. Don't worry about pruning for the first few years.
Pick the potted berries when they fall into your hand when touched. They will be very dark blue and really sweet. Refrigerate them so they don't spoil before you can eat them. Have fun & enjoy!
You have tried growing herbs in pots, veggies in containers, and flowers in pottery. Now is the time to give berries a chance. Here are a few helpful tips to follow.
Pot berry plants in a well draining pottery mix that includes a mix of particle sizes, such as larger composted bark, sand, and peat. Blueberries do best in lighter soils where their fibrous roots can penetrate easily
Raspberries are more adaptable to soil types as long as they are well drained. Make sure the planter you use is large enough to accommodate the root system and soil and has a drain hole in the bottom to allow excess water to move away from the roots.
Water plants daily during summers hot months and feed them using a organic fertilizer in May, June and July. Protect the plants from potential damaged from freeze-thaw cycles. Move the pots into the garage or bury them in the soil and cover with mulch till next Spring.
Try to find colorful glazed planters since many of these can handle the changing climates. If you live in a cold weather state and must leave the potted plants outside, use a poly-resin or concrete planter. The freezing temps won't crack the pots and they will look great from year to year.
Look for flavorful plants. Medium size flavorful berries are the goal here. Use the fragrance, color and beauty to add to your garden or patio areas. Potted berries are easy to grow, fun to eat and great to look at. Enjoy!
Potting up a few varieties of berries can be both healthy, rewarding and tasty! When your sweet tooth rear up, pop a couple handfuls of fresh berries, their sweet-tart goodness helps you resist the urge to eat something unhealthy that's loaded with calories. How about a lush raspberry or blackberry? Both are full of healthy nurtients and easy to grow. Read below if we haven't convenienced your yet!
Blueberries - Toss a few into yogurt with a little honey for a great morning breakfast. They can make even the simpliest of meals special. Out of 60 fruits and vegetables analyzed by Tufts University, blueberries rated highest in the ability to destroy skin damaging free radical with powerful antixodiants like anthocyanins and vitamin C. And with only 80 calories and an impressive 5 grams of fiber per cup, it's no wonder they can help reduce belly fat and risk factors for metabolic syndrome and cardio vascular disease. Pot up a few, place them in a patio planter, and enjoy them.
Blackberries & Raspberries - Try a blackberry smoothie or a tasty bowl of oatmeal with berries. The berries help keep you focused on days when you need to perform and feel your best. Full of folate and vitamin K, blackberries help prevent nerve cell damage in the brain caused by oxidative stress and aging, which can result in memory loss. Potting up berries and placing them on a porch or next to a kitchen door is great for convenience. Raspberries are packed with the mineral maganese and contain 62 percent of the daily value in one cup. They assist the bodys metabolic systems, facilitates optimal thyroid function and regulates blood sugar. Berries are GOOD!
Planting a few berry bushes, in garden planters, is easy to do and a healthy way to keep your family happy. They don't take a lot of work, and the benefits are tremendous. The colors are beautiful and they are decorative and fragrant!
Here are the list of things you should be aware of that need to be tended to in your garden area.
Grow Blueberries NOW: One of the simple joys of summer, potted blueberries are an excellent fruit for new gardeners. Northern high bush blueberries are best for the upper and middle south. Try selections such as Patriot and Liberty. Rabbiteye blueberries are best in the lower and coast south. Use climax or premier. They all prefer slightly moist, well draining potting soil. Place the planter in a sunny spot and rotate the pot for best coverage. It's important to plant at least 2 or more varieties so you will have lots of fruit. Buy the starters at your local nursery or order online. Make sure you pick a planter that is large enough so you don't crowd the plants root system.
Fertilize: Feed potted veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatillos. Looking for some organic options? Miracle Grow Organic Choice is available in granular or liquid form. Dynamite Organic All Purpose or composted manure for easy feeding. Just follow package directions and keep those veggies healthy all season long.
Fragrance: Add some sweet scents to your potted garden this season. The blooms of gardenias, ginger and lilies. Honeybells, hostas, and tuberoses will all add a welcome perfume to this summers garden and planters. Enjoy their fragrance inside by cutting a few stems for casual bouquets.
Herbs: Cut potted basil, thyme and rosemary frequently to keep these plants in full production. Keep a pot of your favorite herbs near your grill for a reminder to flavor your summer meals.
You don't need a lot of room for a strawberry patch when you use a terracotta clay strawberry jar to plant your patch in!
So very simple: just purchase a few strawberry plants and add some earth, air and water. Put all in a clay pot and viola, you will have edible garden pleasure for your patio or deck in less than 60 minutes. Try Ozark Beauty or Tribute for steady yields of large, plum berries.
Purchase a pocket pot or strawberry pot. We sell them in terracotta clay with different number of pockets. 6, 9, 12 pockets all work fine but of course the 12 pocket will yield the most space and the most berries. Start by filling the bottom of the pot with gravel, pot filler, or broken potshards.
This separates the soil from the gravel and creates a better drainage system. Add potting soil and fill the jar with potting soil to eliminate trapped air spaces.
Starting with the lowest pocket, make a small hole in the soil and thread a single strawberry plant down into the pocket so it's roots spread toward the interior of the terracotta jar.
Add more soil turning it with your fingers until you have reached the next pocket level. Repeat planting process until all pockets are filled. Leave space at the top for more plants.
Container gardens dry out quickly, so water often, with plant food added. Moist soil and vitamins will keep your garden thriving. No extra maintenance is required except an occasional manicure. Pinch off dead leaves and overripe fruit to keep plants healthy and fresh looking.
Rotate thejars one quarter turn every few days to give plants and berries enough sunlight! Try a plant caddie, we got em and they really are handy!
It's that time again to talk about strawberries in garden planters. Growing berries in containers can be a great alternative for those with little garden space and those who want to keep the plants from taking over the yard. The root systems on most berries are very hardy and love to take off and take over. The key to a successful berry container is good drainage and large enough pot size that will accommodate plant growth.
While plants will vary with soil type, the basic planting is the same for berries growing in a planter versus planted directly into the soil. Fill the container about half full of planting soil mix.
Loosen the starts roots from the nursery container and place the plant in the pot leaving about 2" around the roots balls of each individual plant. Make sure it comes near the top of the pot and is not buried. The, fill the pot with remaining soil. When completely filled, water thoroughly and gently.
Caring for the berries in a planter pot or strawberry jar is easy. Plant in early spring while still dormant and place in the sun. The pots need plenty of water each week and deepening on amount of wind is blowing. Wind tends to dry out garden planters faster. Fertilize monthly with a product that is made for berries and follow instructions carefully.
Lightly prune each year and always during dormancy. Remove the old dead branches and anything that may look diseased. Protect the plants with a layer of mulch in winter and they should survive. You can always move the planterpot to a garage or greenhouse.
There are 2 main types of berries. June-bearing and ever-bearing, that obviously bloom and fruit at different times.
June-bearing begins blooming in early spring and as the days get longer, flowering decreases and the plants top bearing fruit. flowering in ever-bearing strawberries can produce fruit over a long period of time. In cooler climates this means a consistent crop of fruit. Flavor and sweetness depend on the actual variety you choose so discuss this with a person at your favorite nursery.
Ok, - over the last year we have explained how to grow berries of all types along with information about how to plant them and why using a "Strawberry Jar" is a great way to go.
Today lets talk about why you should take the time and effort to plant and grow your own berries. The benefits are enormous and the effort is minimal. Read more.....
Boost Mood! Scent studies have found just the smell of potted strawberries raises energy and alertness by more than 20%
Live Longer! Just like aspirin and ibuprofen, planted strawberries block an enzyme called COX from causing strokes and heart attacks - but without the side effects!
Look Great! The fruit's filled with alpha hydroxy acid, the same ingredient in many skin products. Eating a handful each day can help keep your skin soft and smooth, or benefit from the outside in by cutting a strawberry in half and rubbing it directly on your face; let sit for 3 minutes and then rinse. It is so easy and handy when the pot sits right outside your kitchen door.
How about some Raspberries?
Boost Mood! Beat the blues and pep up with these juicy gems: They're packed with folic acid and other B vitamins, proven in studies to reduce depression and increase energy.
Live Longer!Potted Raspberries contain almost 50% more immunity boosting antioxidants than strawberries, three times more than kiwis, and ten times more than tomatoes, according to new research from the Netherlands.
Look Great! The anthocyanidins that give the planted raspberries their deep red color also strengthen collagen fibers and protect skin tissue, leading to a smoother, younger complexion.
So come on - try just one pot of berries and see what you discover!
Potted roses, raspberries, strawberries, lemon and even chocolate mint are so easy to grow. Once they are ready to pick you will know. Plan ahead and have some easy recipes ready to go. There is nothing more enjoyable and the freshness of home-grown can't be beat. Give it a go.....
Use red rose petals to make homemade rose water and give desserts a subtle floral flavor and a pink color. Make sure to purchase a fully grown bush. Toss a banana peel into the bottom of the planting container; it will act as a fertilizer. Rose petals and leaves don't like to be wet, so water the plant occasionally.
Try the thornless variety. Buy and plant a fully grown bush, clear four feet of space around it and you will enjoy years of raspberry harvests. The first summer's yield will be just enough to use as a garnish, but the following year, the bush will produce enough berries for a pie. You will know the raspberries are ready to pick when they come off the stem easily, if you have to tug at a berry, it's not ripe yet.
Small strawberry plants quickly start producing fruit early in summer. Try a non-runner type, like alpines, which won't take over your garden floor. Use straw or pine needles as mulch to keep berries off the soil. Strawberry jars and pocket pots are great for containing creeping vines. Use them on a patio or porch area.
Meyer lemons taste like a cross between an orange and a lemon, so they are less acidic and good for sorbets or lemon curd. Dwarf lemon trees can be grown in a 12" wide container. Bring the tree inside during winter, and its fragrant flowers will continue to bloom. Be patient. The trees yield only about three lemons the first season but twice as many the following year.
Plant chocolate mint - it is unbeatable in mint ice cream. Mint isn't picky, it will grow in sun or shade, as long as the soil is moist. It is also an aggressive herbs, so keep it in check with regular pruning. Having it in a pot will help to keep the creeping root system in a contained area.
To make your own rose water, pour boiling water over a packed cup of petals. Chill the water overnight and strain out the petals in the morning.