Best Fruits To Grow In Pots | Fruits For Containers

Not only the vegetables but fruits can be grown in pots too. Here are 14 best fruits to grow in pots.

Buy a disease free potted plant from a reputed nursery or online and start in a small to medium sized pot (3-5 gallons) and then repot the plant gradually into the bigger ones. A 20-25 gallon size pot is an ideal one for a fruit tree in the container.

Best Fruits To Grow In Pots

1. Lemon

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USDA Zones— 8-11, *can be grown in cooler zones with care in winter

Lemon trees have adapted themselves for container gardening. However, it is a tropical fruit but gardeners in cool temperate regions are also successfully growing this tangy and sour fruit in containers. Almost all the varieties are suitable but there are some that grows best in specific conditions. Read the information given in this article to grow your own lemon tree.

2. Strawberries

Strawberries in pot

USDA Zones— 3-10

Strawberries are without a doubt one of the best fruits to grow in pots. The best about growing strawberries in containers is they are easy to grow, don’t require large pots or space and you can grow on your small urban balcony. You can also try to grow strawberries in tropics in winters. Check out our guide on growing strawberries here.

3. Apple

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USDA Zones— 3-9

Dwarf apple trees are very suitable for growing in pots, you can even keep on a balcony or small terrace. When growing an apple tree in such a small space it would be better if you choose a self-fertile variety so that you don’t need to grow more than one plant. All the other requirements for growing apple tree in a pot is available here.

4. Pomegranate

growing pomegranates in containers

USDA Zones— 9-11, *can be grown in cooler zones with care in winter

Pomegranate is one of the juiciest and healthiest fruits and perhaps the easiest to grow in pots because it has shallow root system when compared to other large fruit trees. If you’ve grown citrus in pot, growing pomegranates in containers can not be difficult for you too. Moreover, pomegranate is more cold hardy and easy to grow. Learn how to grow it in pot in this article.

5. Fig

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USDA Zones— 8-10

As figs are most suitable for warm temperate regions (USDA Zones 8-10) it is best to grow a fig tree in a pot if you live in a climate where winters are harsh or you don’t have enough space. Choose an appropriate variety to grow in a pot and provide plenty of sun to your plant. Regular pruning and fertilization are necessary.

6. Nectarines and Peaches

Dwarf bonanza peach tree.
Dwarf bonanza peach tree.

USDA Zones— 5-9

Both the nectarines and peaches are available in dwarf varieties. Most of these dwarf varieties don’t exceed the height of 6-8 feet and are self-fertile. Some dwarf peach varieties are “Golden Gem”, “El Dorado”, “Garden Gold” and “Southern Sweet”. Dwarf nectarine varieties you can grow in pots are “Nectarcrest”, “Fantasia”.

7. Cherry

Not only the vegetables but fruits can be grown in pots too. Here are 14 best fruits to grow in pots.
Dwarf Cherry ‘Compact Stella’

USDA Zones— 4-8

Bush cherry cultivars are suitable for container gardening. Cherries prefer a mild climate and a little water as it dislikes wet feet. However, drought and high temperatures could damage the plant as well, but it survives well in the cold. The cherry tree favors a soil that is well drained and composed of plenty of organic matter.

8. Guava

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USDA Zones— 9-11, *can be grown in cooler zones with care in winter

Guava tree will delight you with its sweetly scented flowers, delicious fruits, and beautiful tropical appearance. Guava loves the sunny and warm exposure. It is a tropical plant but very much adaptable to temperate climates with moderate winter. Learn how you can grow guava tree in pot here.

9. Watermelon

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Watermelons are easy to grow in pots, all they need is a good support and well-drained potting soil. Growing watermelon is similar to cucumbers, you can find out all the information in our article.

10. Banana

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USDA Zones— 8-11

Growing banana in a pot is easy and its lush green appearance can give any place a tropical look and feel. Banana trees grow in tropical and subtropical parts of the world and therefore they love full sun, heat and humidity. However, there are cultivars available that are mildly cold hardy and suitable for warm temperate zones.  Find out how to grow it in a pot here.

11. Pineapple

pineapple in pot

USDA Zones— 9-11

Pineapple plants are small and compact and never grow more than 3-6 feet tall. Also, the plant has shallow roots when compared to other fruit bearing plants or trees that’s why it is possible to grow them in pots. However, pineapples require consistently warm and humid climate to thrive but you can also grow them as a houseplant in temperates, providing several hours of direct sunlight daily.

12. Raspberries

Raspberries in pot

USDA Zones— 2-8

Raspberries are bit tricky and unruly to grow in containers but still everbearing varieties like “Heritage”, “Raspberry Shortcake” and “Fall Gold” are a good choice. All these varieties are self-fertile and easy to grow in pots. Here’s a useful article on growing raspberry in containers.

13. Blueberries

Blueberry in pot

USDA Zones— 3-8

Growing blueberries in pots is a good idea if the soil in your garden is not acidic. Providing a potting mix for Azaleas and camellias or other acid loving plants and a large pot is essential so that your blueberry plant will grow easily and provide fruit for years.

14. Oranges and Citruses

orange in container

USDA Zones— 9-11

All the oranges and citruses can be grown in pots as they are rather large shrubs or small trees. If you live in a climate where winters are mild these fruits are really easy to grow, however, you can still grow an orange tree in a cold climate with care in winter. In pots, you can grow calamondin, buddha’s hand citron, clementines orange etc.

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Not only the vegetables but fruits can be grown in pots too. Here are 14 best fruits to grow in containers.



4 COMMENTS

  1. There is mistake in section about blueberries, in the first sentence there is saying “good idea if your soil is not acidic”and in the next that “Providing a potting mix for Azaleas and camellias or other acid loving plants and a large pot is essential”, so what it is actually, they love acidic soil or don’t like it?

    • Hi Elvigs, you seem to have misunderstood the sentence. By “good idea if your soil is not acidic” we meant that it is a good idea to grow blueberries in pots if the soil in your garden is not acidic. We have edited the sentence to make it easier to understand.

  2. I would like to grow cherries but live in zone 13. I haven’t been able to locate any varieties which can tolerate this climate. What would be needed for me to grow cherries in pots here?

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