Q: Potting Fruit Trees
A question from a PVFS customer - including an answer from our staff.
Hello, I have received my fruit trees from you. The two that I have are a pear and pluot. I would like to grow them in a pot, but don’t know what planting soil to purchase as so many say “not for pots.” I don’t have any soil to be able to dig-up and add to it so would very much appreciate your help on what to buy.
Hope to hear soon from you
Below are what seem to be good links for information on growing fruit trees in containers. Seems to me that potting soil is fine, except you could put gravel at the bottom of the container. The links also mention making your own mix of peat moss, bark and perlite. I’d say compost would also be a good additive.
Hope that helps!
A Similar Question from another PVFS Customer - with employee answer.
I am wondering if your semi-dwarf fruit trees can be grown in a container? My soil is basically a clay bed.
Yes, semi-dwarf fruit trees can be grown in large containers, for a while. A healthy root system in the ground will usually be larger than the crown of the tree so you can see they wouldn’t be happy for too many years in a container. You can test your clay soil to see if it takes longer than a few hours to drain. I always amend mine with 1/3 compost and have also built a large mound for things that like better drainage.
Hope this helps,
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