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Not only the vegetables but fruits can be grown in containers as well. Here are the 14 best fruits to grow in pots if you’re a beginner.

Buy a disease-free fruit plant from a reputed nursery or online and repot it in a small to medium-sized pot (3-5 gallons), depending on the size of the existing pot. Keep repotting the plant gradually into one or two sizes bigger pots whenever it is outgrowing the current container. A 20-25 gallon size pot is ideal for a mature fruit tree in the container.

Best Fruits to Grow in Pots

1. Lemon

lemon-tree-in-pot 2

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

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

2. Strawberry

Strawberries in pot

USDA Zones: 3-10

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

Also Read: 9 DIY Ideas for Growing Strawberries in a Small Space

3. Apple

best fruits for containers

USDA Zones: 3-9

Dwarf apple trees are very suitable for growing in pots, and you can even keep them on a balcony or small terrace. When growing an apple tree in such a small space, it would be better to 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: 8-11, *can be grown in cooler zones with care in winters

Pomegranate is one of the juiciest and healthiest fruits and perhaps the easiest to grow in pots. Why? Because this shrub has a shallow root system compared to other large fruit trees. If you’ve grown citrus in a pot, growing pomegranates in containers can’t be difficult for you too. Moreover, pomegranate is cold hardy than a lemon tree. Learn how to grow it in a pot in this article.

5. Fig

Ficus carica (2)

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 “Bonanza,” “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: 4-9

Bush cherry cultivars are suitable for container gardening. Cherries prefer a mild climate and a little water as they dislike wet feet. However, drought and fluctuating temperatures could damage the plant as well, but it survives well in the cold. The cherry tree favors 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

The 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 warm region plant but very much adaptable to temperate climates with moderate winter. Learn how you can grow a guava tree in a pot here.

Also Read: How to Grow a Pineapple Guava

9. Watermelon

growing watermelon in pot

Watermelons can be grown in pots–all they need is a good support system and well-drained potting soil. Growing watermelon is similar to cucumber. 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 an exotic 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. Learn 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 above 3-6 feet tall. Also, these plants have shallow roots compared to other fruit-bearing plants or trees, which is why it’s possible to grow them in pots. However, pineapples require a consistently warm and humid climate to thrive, but you can also grow them as a houseplant in colder zones, providing several hours of direct sunlight daily.

12. Raspberries

Raspberries in pot

USDA Zones: 2-8

Raspberries are a 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. Learn about eight berries you can grow in pots.

Also Read: Growing Mulberry in Containers

13. Blueberries

Blueberry in pot

USDA Zones: 3-10

Growing blueberries in pots is a good idea if the soil in your garden is not acidic or you don’t have a garden. 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 fruit happily for years.

Also Read: How to Grow Indian Gooseberry

14. Citrus

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 straightforward 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.

Also Read: Five Best Citrus Trees For Containers

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  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?

  3. First time I saw banana & pineapple grown in pots! Unbelievable!! I am from Chennai, South India- a metro with only hot & hotter humid climates. Do not really know whether such experiments are possible in water starved places, on roof terraces. Proper guidance most welcome!

    • Pineapple require mild humid climate for the better growth and fruit development. As temperature hit above 38 celcius on summers you can provide slight shade by using nets and maintaining good moisture levels.

  4. I want to grow fruit trees in pot like a bonsai. I am living in coastal area of Andhra pradesh in India. Can you guide me fastest fruit going trees suitable for my area with hot whether.

    • I live in a similar climate and suggest growing: prickly pear, pineapple, pomegranate ,sweetsop(sugar apple), barbados cherry, sugarcane, banana and guava. All will bear within 5 years or less once the soil and water is decent.

  5. All good info but…..
    What’s the minimum size we can use for pots or containers?
    I hear 10 to15 gal. It varies, obliviously the bigger the better…. ( sorry, it just typed out that way!)
    Thank you!

  6. I’m thinking about growing dragonfruit on my balcony. Knowing that they need some good staking for support, would that be good to grow in zone 10?

  7. Nice info but if people think that they are immediately going to have fruit producing plants,and have plants that look like these…..no way

  8. Nice info liked ur post very much..
    Just had a question that i am from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India & here we have very hot temperature. So is it possible that we can grow blueberries & cherry in this temerature??

  9. I am going to try with limited sun on my apartment balcony. I am zone 8 I think. It’s also fascinating to see people all over the world comment on this! Thanks.

  10. We are in Progreso Mesico eith an oceanfront property.. I am determined to have a roof garden of fruit and vegetables even if we are susceptible to high winds and hotntemperatures. Any person try this?

  11. Am from Bhutan and I would like to try apple and blue berry in the pot. My terrace get only morning sun 6 hours . Normal apples are grown good in the place I leave. Can I use the same apple seed but they grow bigger. Will it work.

  12. Add instant impact and colour to your garden or patio from now until the first frosts of winter with a pair of stunning fuchsia trees. Supplied as 80-m tall trees, they can easily be trimmed into a standard and grown on in large pots.


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