Urban gardeners can benefit from growing fruit in containers

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For urban gardeners and those with limited outdoor space, growing fresh fruit may seem like a distant dream. However, thanks to compact varieties of popular fruits, even those with a small patio, deck, or balcony can enjoy the delightful experience of picking ripe berries, apples, and more right outside their door.

According to gardening expert Melinda Myers, the key to successful container fruit gardening is selecting the right varieties suited for small spaces. Day-neutral and everbearing strawberries, for instance, are perfect for growing in strawberry pots, containers, and hanging baskets, producing fruit throughout the summer.

Raspberry Shortcake and Baby Cakes blackberry are two relatively new compact berry bushes that grow only two to three feet tall and wide, yet yield a bumper crop each season. “They are thornless, which makes harvesting a breeze,” says Myers.

For those with a taste for blueberries, compact varieties like those in the Urban Series can thrive in pots, adding pretty flowers, edible fruit, and vibrant fall color to any outdoor living area.

But the possibilities don’t stop there. Narrow and columnar dwarf apples, such as the Urban Apple series, Spire apples, North Pole, and Sentinel varieties, are also well-suited for container growing, reaching only 8-10 feet tall while producing a bountiful harvest.

To ensure success, Myers recommends using pots with drainage holes and filling them with a quality potting mix. Incorporating organic moisture-retaining products like wool pellets can reduce watering needs by up to 25%. Proper fertilization and winter protection are also essential for maintaining the health and productivity of these compact fruit plants.

With the right varieties and care, even urban dwellers can enjoy the satisfaction of growing their own fresh fruit, adding a touch of nature and a bountiful harvest to their outdoor living spaces.

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