Magazine article Sunset

From Planting to Harvest, Here's How to Keep a Dwarf Fruit Tree in a Pot

Magazine article Sunset

From Planting to Harvest, Here's How to Keep a Dwarf Fruit Tree in a Pot

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A potted fruit tree needs much more attention than the same tree would if planted in the ground. It also won't produce nearly as much fruit.

But as well-tended fruit tree in a pot has other rewards. It gives you the charm of a large-scale bonsai. In spring, most kinds carry clouds of flowers. Sometime between late spring and fall, they produce appetite-arousing little fruits. And in winter, bare branches can look sculptural.

the steps pictured here outline the basic training needed. Probably easiest to manage in pots are dwarf apples or a small pear like the 'Shinseiki' shown above right and in color on page 140. Genetic dwarf peaches and nectarines are also naturally compact.

To bear fruit, each kind of fruit tree requires a little different pruning and pest control; for details, read Sunset's Prunning Handbook or Fruits, Nuts & Berries. Limbs of a container tree should be pruned according to the same principles that apply to full-size tree, but since a container tree has much less growth, often you just pinch off a bud or short shoot instead of making larger cuts. …

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