We love the see the different fruits and veggies that can be grown in garden containers. This post is about a potted Pomegranate tree. They are easy to grow, cold hardy and beautiful along with tasty. Check it out.
Why do we say growing a potted pomegranate tree is easy. Well they have shallow roots compared to other fruit trees and that makes them easy to pot in a garden planter. Each plant has lovely green leaves and delicate bell shaped flowers that are stunning in a bold bright red color. When they bear fruit they look like large red apples with a hard shell that hide the juicy sweet seeds inside that are edible.
So here are a few tips that should encourage you give this lovely plant a chance. Choose a sunny location. The more sun this plant receives the better your chances are of bearing fruit. If for some reason you can only place the pot in a partial shade location it will still bloom but have less fruit.
Soil for potted pomegranate trees should be loamy and loose. Make sure to use a potting soil for fruit trees for the best results. During the growing period the water requirement is medium to high. So we recommend watering regularly and deeply. Of course don't water log it.
It is best to fertilize regularly to help it achieve the best growing and blooming results. Pruning will be necessary to encourage flowering and fruit so remove weak, or dead branches. You shouldn't have an issue with disease but if you do treat it right away.
The last thing to consider is repotting. If your pomegranate tree becomes root bound wait till there are no flowers or fruit on the tree and move it into a larger planter. If moving it into the garage during winter is your plan then consider using a light weight poly resin garden planter. Otherwise concrete, terra cotta, ceramic or fiberglass planters will work. Just make sure the tree's roots always have some room to grow.
Well hope these tips help. If you would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you. Good Luck!
You might think the idea of growing a tree in a garden planter is overwhelming. Where do you start, how does this work? All good questions that are easily answered. Growing a tree in a garden pot is not as difficult as it sounds. Container trees are an easy way to add size, and color to your garden area, patio or porch. Don't have a lot of room at your home or living in an apartment and want something besides the flowers you find at a local nursery center, then a potted tree is the solution for you.
Of course the most important place to start is selecting the garden planter. Any planter no matter what it is made from must have a drain hole. Fill the base with pot filler so that the drain hole remains open and doesn't become clogged with soil. We recommend a light container since the tree itself will add the weight needed to keep it from blowing down. The lighter weight containers will make it possible to move it around if necessary.
Make sure the planter is twice the volume of the tree's roots. Plant it at the same depth as the nursery pot it was growing in. Use a good potting mix made for trees. When it comes to watering, fertilizing and care of the tree refer to the tag that comes with tree from the nursery.
We recommend a few types of trees. They maybe dwarf varieties or just ones that don't mind being potted and tend to do pretty well.
Japanese Maple - Because of their slow growth rate these do well in containers. With a smaller root system you can limit the size of the planter needed. Just don't place the pot in direct sunlight or they will burn.
Dwarf Fig - These are adorable and if you and if you want it to produce fruit get a self-fertile one. They like the light so place that pot where it will get 7 hrs of full sunlight. Yellow leaves mean to much sun not over watering.
Olive Tree - These types of trees love pots and lots of sun. They have a long life so make sure you place the planter in a spot you really like. Once it grows you won't want to have to move it. If you live in cold then bring it indoors or at least the garage for protections.
Bay Tree - These are really pretty with bright flowers, berries and lush leaves. They make great topiary trees and love being potted. Lets the pots soil dry out a bit between waterings.
So, find a large pot that you truly love, take a trip to the nursery and get a nice healthy potted tree and come home and create a look you thought you could never have.
With it's long name and unusual look the Madagascar Dragon Tree is super easy to care for, uses little light and water and can take a bit of abuse. We would love you to pot one up and see how happy it will make you.
The Madagascar Dragon Tree looks like a palm tree. With it's long narrow leaves that look spiky it looks just like a palm and with the dark green and purple edges it looks lovely and colorful. These potted trees can grow up to 18" in length along a woody cane base, and they can grow to a average height of 8 feet.
When selecting a pot for planting, remember that they do well when root bound. This means you still want to select a planter that meets your decorating needs along with a size that gives your plant some room to grow. Just remember that you are in no rush to re-pot it once it becomes root bound.
Dragon trees like partial shade. Place the pot by a window but if it starts to get a burned look to the leaves it is getting too much light. If the leaves start to fade in color you are not getting enough light.
Water randomly. Once dry water it good about 1/2" inch of the pot. Let it dry out again before watering. They don't like cold temps or hot above 80 degree tempts so watch that if possible.
If potting this tree and placing indoors they will tolerate most indoor temps and humidity. Misting once in a bit will help. Nothing special is needed for soil care. Just use a well draining potting soil. Make sure your planter has drain holes and add rocks to the bottom of the pot for better drainage.
As we said earlier these are easy and beautiful plants to pot up. Give it a go and let us know how you did.
Have you ever thought about growing an olive tree in your living room? Well, it's not that difficult.
We have seen lots of different kinds of plants, trees or flowers to grown in garden containers indoors but the Mediterranean look of a olive tree in a terracotta flowerpot can't be beat for beauty. There are versions that will grow up to 2 feet tall and other more hardy ones that grow to 6 feet tall so make sure you get the size you can use.
These look stunning when set near a sunny window where it's soft, grey green leaves will flourish. Make sure you get a planter that is large enough to hold a good size root system and where the roots will not be cramped. Terracotta is a lovely, earthy look but a brightly colored glazed planter also looks perfect. You can use poly resin, concrete or sandstone garden planters also.
Olive trees are a symbol of peace and abundance and make a great housewarming gift. If you can't find them at your local nursery or landscape center you will find them online at a mail order source. You will also find topiary trees that look wonderful when potted and placed indoors.
Here are a few basics to remember:
The trees need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight in a south facing window. When the top of the soil feels dry it's time to water thoroughly. Work a slow release, all purpose fertilizer in the soil monthly during spring and summer months. Each winter keep the tree in a 40 - 45 degree room for at least 2 months with direct sunlight. Each spring transfer to a larger planter if necessary and trim the tree to shape it.
That is it. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
The days of silver foil Christmas trees are over and people are once again returning to real trees. The most real tree of all is a living tree, roots and all, that you can plant outdoors after the holiday. In all but the warmest parts of the country, you will be looking at hardy evergreens – such as spruce, fir and pines – which are sold potted in containers, or balled and bur lapped.
If you have the yard space, it’s very rewarding to plant a tree each year and be able to look back and reminisce as the tree grows saying “We go that tree the year you were born.”
Live trees are not inexpensive so before you head out consider the following…..
1.Size: Think small. Really small. If you are use to a 7” tree commanding a quarter of your living room, think again. First of all subtract at least 18” from the height of the tree for the root ball – in other words, you would be decorating a 5’ tall tree. Then consider that you would need half a football team to carry the tree inside the house. A tree that size may weigh 100 pounds or more. Also, think about the pot that you are hoping to plant in. We suggest moving the planter into the home first and then setting the live tree inside once you have it positioned where you want it. Be prepared to move the potted tree outside once the holidays are over.
2.Time spent indoors: Evergreen trees don’t go completely dormant in winter, but they come close to it. If you bring the tree indoors for a month, it will start to break dormancy. Then when you plant it outside in January it may suffer freeze damage. Plan to keep it indoors for a week and no more than 10 days, preferably in the coolest room out of direct sunlight.
3.Future size: Most spruces, firs and pines get big, really big as in 50 to 100 feet tall. Can you yard accommodate such a large tree? You can keep the trees in the original container for a few years, but they will soon outgrow even the largest planters.
4. Containers: This is not the time to plant directly into the pot unless you plan on moving the whole potted tree onto the patio or porch. The best laid plan is to select a garden planter that you can just drop the tree directly into that is large enough and not tapered. That way the tree will go to the bottom of the pot. If it’s to tapered you will have a huge gap at the bottom. Also, try to go with a glazed pot that will not absorb water and possibly have the drain hole plugged.