Container Gardening: 9 Fruit Plants for Pots

You can grow a mini-orchard of fruit in patio containers if you're willing to water and feed regularly. Choose from soft fruits, such as currants and gooseberries, or tree fruits like apples, pears and cherries.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Red, White and Black Currants

These delicious fruits need moisture-retentive soil, and those in pots must be watered regularly during the growing season. Plant them in large containers filled with soil-based potting mix, combined with well-composted organic matter — garden compost or bagged manure is ideal. You can either grow them as bushes or train them on a trellis like a climber. Apply a general fertilizer for fruit crops in spring, and top up with tomato fertilizer every week from late spring until the fruits ripen. Cover the blooms with plastic sheeting if frosts are forecast. Site in a cool, partly shaded spot. For pruning, see gooseberries (next).

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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