Photo credit: Tine DAU - Avocado sapling grown in container on the windowsill. (20120528Avocatier2.JPG).

Fruit trees, berries and perennial vegetables in containers

 Photo credit: Tine DAU – Avocado sapling grown in container on the windowsill. (20120528Avocatier2.JPG).

NORTH COAST GARDENING

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Even if the yard is too small to fit fruit trees or berried shrubs, try growing in containers. A few large pots planted in full sun is all that is needed to get started. There are many kinds of fruit trees and berries that have been bred for container gardening. Even artichokes and asparagus can be container grown. Here is what you will find at your local nursery these days:

FRUIT TREES — Plant a husky, bare-root fruit tree this winter and within three to five years you will be harvesting. It takes a bit of patience to coax a young fruit tree into production. The first few years require light pruning and training. Don’t let the tree flower or fruit the first two to three years after planting. Young fruit trees need time to put energy into roots and branches before fruiting can begin. Planting a self-fertile cherry tree like ‘Bada Bing’ or ‘Compact Stella,’ or a grafted three-in-one apple tree, saves space.

Read the full article: Times-Standard

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.