Will pluots do okay in a large planter box?

brownmolaSeptember 29, 2012

I have a small "retaining wall" box area (18" tall, 5 feet long, 30" wide) that I use for growing vegetables. I want to clear the area and use it to grow two semi-dwarf pluots as they are my favorite fruit. I have no space in the ground around my property as I have several other fruit trees. Will pluots do okay in a large container like this?

Thanks!

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

They'll do OK at least for 5 years, probably longer. In 15 gal pots they need replanting every few years. After about 5 years without repotting the vigor drops below what is needed to make good fruit. Your planter is a lot bigger than a 15 gal pot so the trees should last longer.

You could get a multigrafted tree which might reduce root crowding. Getting the trees on Citation vs a more vigorous rootstock might help a little as well.

What are your favorite cultivars? Mine are (earliest to latest) Flavor Supreme, Geo Pride, Flavor Grenade, Flavor King, Flavor Finale, and Flavor Treat.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 9:12AM
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brownmola

Thanks fruitnut. I feel I'm a little limited as far as selection because of my location. I've been told that Flavor Grenade, Flavor King, Dapple Dandy, and Splash should be okay in my area because of their lower chill hours.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 9:54AM
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