Grow Fruit in a Small Space
Even if you have no garden soil in which to plant, you can still grow a fruit tree. Almost all fruit trees on the market are grown on dwarfing rootstocks, and grow well in large containers as long as they're well watered and fed.
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Backfill, Stake and Mulch
Fill the gaps around the root ball with more soil and water well. Unless the tree already has a stake, insert one now to hold the tree upright and to help anchor it in the pot. If it has a stake, carefully push it down into the new soil below. To conserve moisture and suppress weeds, apply a mulch of small pebbles or chipped bark.
Watering and Feeding
It's essential to keep the fruit tree well watered, filling the pot to the brim each time. To encourage the best crop, don't allow it to dry out when in flower or fruit, and feed using a tomato fertilizer every two weeks during spring and summer. Water the tree during mild dry spells in late fall and winter, even though it's dormant at those times of year.
Top Tip: Size Matters
Fruit trees are commonly grown on dwarf rootstocks, which limit the size of the tree. To grow fruit in containers, choose apples grown on M26, M9 or, for really small containers, M27. Look for pears grown on Quince C, cherries on Gisela 5 and for plums and damsons, choose those grown on Pixy.
Growing apples takes commitment that keeps the fire in the American love affair with the fruit.