Posted by Deerbusters on May 13, 2014
As winter progresses, much of the United States continues to experience dry, frigid temperatures and our deer fence company is willing to bet there are a lot of gardeners out there who are looking forward to the warmth of spring. If you go through gardening withdrawal during the winter months, perhaps it’s time to invest in some sturdy container gardening.
If you have a sunroom or a greenhouse, you can easily grow lush, beautiful fruit trees. Since most fruits grow on trees or shrubs, the plants will need a relatively deep space for their roots, so invest in sturdy containers that are at least a foot in diameter and a little over a foot in depth. Some of the best fruits to plant are:
Choose a compact variety of apricot such as Goldcot, Stella, or Shipley trees. They won’t grow as large as full-sized apricot trees, which makes them idea for indoor planting. Keep them against your sunroom or greenhouse wall where they can get plenty of sunlight and be sure to hand-pollinate.
Negro Largo figs (or “common figs”) are perfect as houseplants and will produce an abundance of figs if kept in the sunlight (but not direct sun) and in temperatures of 55 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants are also great because they’re low maintenance and only need to be fed two or three times in a growing season.
You can find a dwarf variety of peach tree called the Bonanza peach tree, which can easily be grown in a sunroom or greenhouse – just keep them in a well-lit area. Once their fruit has set, you’ll need to grow the tree in higher temperatures, so time up the late spring or summer season with when you plant your peach tree.
Believe it or not, apples can be grown in containers and are the perfect choice for those who live in colder climates, since many varieties need a long period of “chill time”. Choose a dwarf variety of apple tree like Goldrush, Arkansas Black, or Fuji and place your container in a sunny spot. Prune regularly.
If you’re looking for a fruit plant that will produce nearly continuous fruit, Alpine strawberries are a great one to plant. These plants don’t need as much room as others, so you can even keep your containers on your windowsill. Just make sure they’re in a sunny area.
Lemons are a very popular fruit to grow indoors, since they’re often used for eating, cooking, baking, and more. Many people plant Meyer lemon trees since they are small and produce lemons sweeter than ones you find in stores. Lemon trees require humidity, however, so keep them in a sunny spot where there’s a good amount of moisture.
If you decide to grow some fruit in containers, let us know what you grow! And the best part about growing indoors is that you don’t have to worry about deer or other animals eating all of your fruit!