Posted in Gardening
May 13, 2018

10 Best Fruits and Berries You Can Easily Grow in a Container Garden

Do you want to enjoy freshly harvested fruits but don’t have the area to dig or don’t want to hurt your back digging soil and pulling weed?

Container gardening is the answer.

It’s the perfect solution if you want to grow in a small area or even indoors. But there’s one problem: not all kind of fruits can grow in a container. You need to know which one can, and which one can’t.

Now, if you’re thinking of starting a container garden and growing fruits in it, then today’s post is for you. I’m going to share 13 fruits that can be planted in a container and grown on your deck or in your home.

Here we go—

1. Strawberries

Strawberries are a great container plant. The reason is because they are perennial so you only have to plant them once. Then you can bring them inside during the colder months so the roots will be protected from frost.

Just so you know, the best option of strawberries is the everbearing strawberries because you get two harvests a year. One in June and one in late summer. This is better for container gardeners so you don’t get overrun at once.

But you will need a pot about 18 inches wide to hold around 10 to 12 plants. They also need excellent drainage and about 8 hours of direct sunlight.

2. Blueberries

Blueberries are a little different to grow in a container. You need at least 2 plants to get a decent harvest. They will produce from June through August.

So in order to grow blueberries in a container you will need a pot that is 22 inches in diameter and 18 inches deep. Plus an acidic soil that is peat-based. With this concoction, you are well on your way to having enough blueberries to make an incredible pie.

3. Figs

Figs might seem like a random thing to grow in containers but really it is a great option. They only require a pot that is about 16 inches across. They are not finicky when it comes to soil either so it only needs to be well-drained.

But as non-finicky and drought tolerant as they are, they do still require full sun. Plus, you’ll need to water them daily during the hottest periods of summer since water evaporates faster with container gardening.

4. Tomatoes

Yes, I threw this one in here to kind of give you a curve ball. But in reality, tomatoes are considered a fruit.

So of course, they can be grown in containers too. They will need some support when they start to take off as their fruit gets a little heavy. But if you plant them in a large enough container, they should do quite well.

5. Pineapple

Pineapples

When I came across this option for growing fruit in containers, I’ll admit, I got a little excited. Why? Because I love pineapple.

But I digress, so growing pineapple in a container isn’t difficult. You just cut the crown off of a pineapple. Then soak it in water for a day or two. Then you’ll plant it in a gallon sized container and place in the sun. With a little time and care, you’ll have your own homegrown pineapple.

6. Cantaloupe

This is an option for growing fruit in a container that I definitely want to try. We grow cantaloupes every year in our garden and nothing beats the fresh taste.

But you will need a large container to grow cantaloupe. You treat them as if you were growing them in your garden. The only thing is to be sure you provide a trellis or stick to support the fruit and give the vines a place to grow.

7. Bananas

Green Banana

You can actually get a dwarf option of a regular banana plant. They are perennials so you only have to plant them once if you prune them back and bring them indoors during the winter to protect the plants from frost.

However, you will need a large container with drain holes so the plant doesn’t drown. Isn’t that just the neatest thing, though? You don’t have to live in the tropics to have your own bananas anymore. And to make it even better, they can grow in a container that you can move anywhere that is convenient for you. This is just one more way to help you give up on the grocery store, too.

8. Watermelon

Watermelon

This is another plant that I had never considered growing in a container, but now that it has been brought to my attention, I do believe I’ll have to try it. I think I’d like the container options because it keeps the vine neat and not growing all over your garden.

But it is recommended that if you raise watermelon in a container that you use one that is self-watering because watermelons require so much water. They can be grown indoors or outdoors. The only stipulation is that they have to be given sunlight daily. But you can do this by direct sunlight; artificial sunlight; or even through a window.

9. Currants

Currants

I am probably going to hear a loud gasp across the homesteading community, but I have never actually eaten a currant.

After realizing I can grow them in a container, I’m thinking I just might plant them next year. They don’t require a lot of effort growing them in a container. All you need is a large pot; lots of water; and they need an adequate amount of compost mixed into their dirt. The currants can be grown as bushes or trained to go up a trellis as well. That makes them that much more appealing to me.

10. Gooseberries

Gooseberries

This is another plant option I passed up this year and am thinking of reconsidering on next year. Now, that I know that they can be planted in containers I no longer have to miss out on growing opportunities due to worries of running out of space.

So if you are unfamiliar with gooseberries, they basically require the same care as currant do. You will need a large pot to grow them in, but you can give them all of the same soil and fertilizing requirements as you do the currants. But where currants are apparently awesome for homemade jams, gooseberries apparently make amazing pies.

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