Turn your balcony or your city rooftop into an edible paradise by simply adding a beautiful array of potted fruit trees.
If they are grown on a dwarfing rootstock, the fruit trees can flourish in pots. You can ask some specialist supplier for advice about selecting the correct tree type for your balcony. Make sure to always check to see if you need more than one tree in order to ensure good pollination. Apricots, cherry trees, and peaches are self-fertile, meaning they will fruit on their own,as they don’t need a second tree. Other trees such as pears, and apples,need a partner to ensure pollination.
These trees normally flower early and their crop might be damaged by late frosts. It’s a good idea to cover the branches with fleece in case they blossom during a frost. They can also be grown as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or as an espalier, cordon, U-shaped cordon, or double U. Some taste varieties include Moonglow, Bartlett, and Doyenne du Comice.
Apple trees are the typical orchard fruit,which can be grown as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or as aU-shaped cordon, espalier, or double U. You can grow many varieties of apple among which are Gala, Fuji, and Honeycrisp, and all of them will pollinate one another.
You are only going to need one cherry tree to ensure fruiting. If you find that you have a bird problem, use netting to keep the birds away as the fruit ripens. You can expect beautiful blossoms and plenty of tasty fruit when the tree is established. You can grow the cherry tree as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or you can also grow it against a warm wall. Morello and acid cherries thrive right next to shady north-facing walls. You can also grow some other tasty varieties such as StellaandLapins.
Plum trees are very sturdy and they deliver heavy crops. These trees are self-fertile and they only need minimal pruning during the summer. It’s a good idea to thin out the developing fruits so that the tree will continue to produce fruit every year. You should thin the plums during the midsummer so they are about 2 inches apart.
Peaches and Apricots
Pixzee or Pixie-cot is a great apricot variety, andBonanza is a tasty dwarf peach variety. They can both be grown as freestanding trees in pots and they can also be grown as fans.
Dormant during the winter, apricots and peaches are hardy fruit trees that blossom in the early spring. As a result of this, the flowers can be susceptible to frost damage. In case you live in the cooler winter climates, bring the tree inside when it’s in blossom during a frost. Also,you can cover it with horticultural fleece it has been trained against a wall. Although these two trees can self-pollinate, they are going to benefit from a little bit of help with pollination. You should dab pollen gently with a soft brush and rub it onto the surrounding flower when it‘s open.
The potted fig trees can act as sprawling fan-trained patio beautifiers. The figs prefer to have their roots confined and so are easy to train into fan shapes in case you tie the branches against some warm wall.
In case you live in a cooler climate, protect your baby fruit by tying sleeves of plastic bubble wrap loosely around the branches. Be sure to leave the sleeves open ended so as to allow the air to circulate. Fruit larger than the size of a pea should be removed in the fall. You should be sure to pinch out the growing shoots of the tree in the early summer so that only 5 leaves remain per shoot.
Plant your tree in soilless potting mix or soil-based mix in some pot bigger than 18 inches in diameter. Put the tree in a sunny, sheltered area, and keep it well watered. You can feed the tree liquid seaweed every 2 weeks during the growing season.
Calamondin orange trees can produce beautifully scented flowers that develop into small and round fruits that are too sour to be eaten raw. You can use the fruit to create marmalade or for cooking as well. Calamondin oranges are the only citrus fruits that can be overwintered indoors. They can even be grown inside during the entire year.