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Growing Patio Fruit Trees in a Container

Limited space does not mean you can’t grow and harvest mangoes or other delicious fruit. Growing a tropical fruit tree in a container is an easy and low-cost way to supplement your fresh produce budget.

Start by choosing a fruit tree suitable for container culture. Next, plant it correctly, water and fertilize regularly, and before you know it you’ll have fresh tropical fruit for the table.

The real work required for the proper cultivation of fruit crops in containers includes acquiring a container that has bottom holes for adequate drainage. Screen the drainage holes to prevent the soil from seeping out. Select a professional potting soil. Fill and properly plant the fruit plant no deeper than it was originally growing in its nursery pot. Water as needed and thoroughly. Be sure water comes out of the bottom of the container and never sits in excess water for very long. Fertilize with a water-soluble complete fertilizer during the warm growing months of the year. Properly prune after fruiting.

Here are some fruits recommended by the University of Florida for growing in a container:

  • tropical fruits – avocado, banana, Barbados cherry, carambola, guava, jaboticaba, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple
  • citrus fruits – calamondin, key lime, kumquat, lemon, limequat, Tahiti lime
  • temperate fruits – blackberry, blueberry, fig, strawberry

For more information on growing fruit in South Florida, contact the Master Gardener volunteer hotline at 233-1750.

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