Planting fruit in pots?

prairiemoon2 z6 MAApril 28, 2013

I would like to grow fruit in large pots this summer as an experiment. I gave up on Strawberries because I just think you need a lot of room to get enough. I was considering a dwarf fruit tree, or a few currant bushes, but thought I might ask for suggestions. I garden organically and would like something that would not need any chemical interventions to grow a healthy specimen. I also have the room to plant them in the ground come fall, if they are successful. And if anyone knows a good source to purchase them, that would also be very helpful.

Would appreciate any input. Thanks

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If you can find bare-root blueberry stock, these can be potted up and given some tlc as they grow up and develop a robust root system. The shrub should be ready to plant in the fall, around September 15. The soil needs to be acidic, with pH around 4.5, which can be done with agricultural sulfur. Sulfur and lime are both approved and allowed as soil amendments in the law that underlies the USDA Organic Certification regulations.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:55AM
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blueberries in pots is an excellent suggestion! I have 3 in pots...and doing well. They do not have to be bought bare root. The acidic soil should be: 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 small 1/4" decoratice pine bark, 1/3 potting soil. nothing else. See Dave Wilson Nursery for blueberry info.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:13AM
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I grow boysenberries as well as blueberries in pots. works out well.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 2:01PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks for those ideas. I was out to a nursery today and asked about Currants, which I would love to grow, but evidently in New Hampshire, where the nursery was, it is illegal to sell currants because they are a host for a white pine disease. I thought that was no longer an issue, but guess not.

I don't think I've eaten boysenberries before. I'll have to find some to try.

I added a couple of blueberry bushes to the garden a couple of years ago, and I see this year one of them is looking like it is finally getting established, and the other one, is not in the best location and had significant winter dieback. But they were small plants. So maybe growing them in the pot for the season and putting them in the Fall would be a good way to add more.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 6:44PM
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