You don’t need a garden for these ten fruits, because they grow in pots without any problems and are therefore ideal for apartments, balconies and patios.
A freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning is a real treat. But what if you didn’t even have to leave the house? In fact, there is a whole range of fruits that can also be grown in pots and find their place in the apartment, on the balcony or in the garden. We’ll show you the ten best plants that can also bear fruit in a pot.
- Strawberries in the pot
The strawberry (Fragaria) is not only one of the most popular fruits in German gardens – the strawberry is also number one as a balcony fruit. When is that too surprising? The red fruit not only tastes heavenly sweet, but is also easy to grow and fits into even the smallest corner. It is important for the strawberries from the pot that they get enough sun. Regular watering and good organic certified fertilizers, such as one of the Plantura organic fertilizers, also help the plant to flourish. Otherwise, the strawberry can be kept in the bed just like its sisters – so it can easily survive the winter on the balcony.
- Pineapple in the pot
Exotic flair with your own pineapple plant? That is quite possible – at least if you have a bright, warm south-facing window. Because the pineapple (Ananas comosus or Ananas sativus) is surprisingly easy to grow yourself if you know a few tricks. With the tuft of leaves that you usually throw away when you eat a pineapple, you already have the right raw material for a small pineapple farm. Carefully separate this, let the cut dry and place it in the water to root. Then you can put the future pineapple in the ground. A room temperature of 25 ° C and higher and a high level of humidity are ideal for pineapples. Unfortunately, the pineapple is a rather cozy companion – it can take between one and up to four years for a new fruit to form.
- Pear in the pot
A classic of the German fruit trees in a new guise: dwarf or columnar pears are not only delicious, they also fit easily on the balcony or terrace. And the pear (Pyrus) not only delights with delicious fruits: Even their flowering in spring is a real feast for the eyes. However, the pot variant needs a little more care than its sisters in the garden, as its roots cannot spread indefinitely. Regular watering and fertilizing is therefore just as important as a sufficiently large pot. The pear also rarely comes alone. So that the small tree bears fruit in the end, it needs another pear tree as a pollinator nearby. However, if you can offer him these things, the pear tree will soon reward you with one or the other fruit.
- Currant in the pot
Currants (Ribes) are not only delicious, but also very healthy: With almost 200 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams, the red berry even makes lemons look old. It is therefore worthwhile to always have a small bush on the balcony to pick yourself. As a shallow root and with a height of one to two meters, the currant is ideal for this. The shrub feels most comfortable in a sunny and sheltered location. If the currant is fertilized before flowering and regularly supplied with water, it is guaranteed to feel good and will soon provide plenty of vitamin C on your diet.
- Kiwi in the pot
Furry, exotic and sweet – that can only be the kiwi (actinidia). Even the small shrub from distant Asia can thrive here with us. In fact, the kiwi is relatively easy to care for: it needs little fertilizer and is quite robust. A good substrate with a slightly acidic pH value and drainage is particularly important for the kiwi, because although the kiwi likes it moist, it does not tolerate waterlogging. A climbing aid is also mandatory, after all, the plant can grow up to ten meters high. When buying, therefore, pay attention to hardy, self-pollinating and slow-growing varieties, as these are better suited as a container plant and do not grow over your head. Otherwise, pruning the kiwi vigorously didn’t do any harm.
- Blackberries in the pot
The blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) is at home in many gardens. No wonder, after all, the berry bush is considered uncomplicated and robust. On the other hand, it is not so often found on the balcony, because many hobby gardeners are concerned that the fast-growing blackberry needs too much space. But don’t worry, there are now special, small varieties that also look good on the balcony. These are also often thornless, so there is no risk of injury. The blackberry doesn’t need much either: a little loose, slightly acidic substrate, lots of sun and a little water are enough to harvest the delicious berries in summer.
- Grapes in the pot
Grapes (Vitis vinifera) do not only thrive on steep slopes. The noble vines also feel at home in the tub. Even if the location is not ideal in many places, it just takes a little more care to let the grapes thrive. A good drainage layer and a climbing aid for tendrils are important. Furthermore, the grapes should be watered regularly, but not excessively, fertilized every two weeks and cut twice a year. If you follow these care measures and choose a more robust, early-ripening variety, nothing stands in the way of the grape harvest on the balcony.
- Lemon in the pot
It’s beautiful, has a wonderful smell and even bears fruit: Can you imagine a better houseplant? The lemon tree (Citrus × limon) combines all these properties and can easily be kept in winter gardens, terraces or rooms. Since the lemon does not tolerate waterlogging, good drainage in the pot is essential. The lemon also likes regular watering and a little fertilizer. So that the young trees in particular grow better, the plant should be repotted from time to time. Regular radical cuts, on the other hand, do not have to be carried out. Every now and then a care cut to stay in shape is completely sufficient. The only thing is that the lemon can’t stand frost: in winter it should always have a warm, light spot in the house.
- Cranberry in the pot
The large-fruited cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) (most probably known by the name cranberry) comes from North America, but is also enjoying increasing popularity in Germany. It is related to the blueberry and has similar requirements, but with the great advantage that it retains its leaves in winter. The cranberry loves acidic soil (rhododendron soil is ideal) and a not too sunny place. Otherwise, the cranberry prefers to be too moist than too dry and is hardy down to -20 ° C, so that it can withstand the German winter without any problems.
- Pomegranate in the pot
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been a popular crop plant for thousands of years and stood for youth and beauty among the ancient Egyptians. The pomegranate cuts a fine figure even in our latitudes, even if it needs a little help. So it thrives best in a sheltered place on the terrace or in the winter garden. It can only grow in the garden in regions with mild winter. Otherwise, the pomegranate is relatively easy to care for. It should be watered and fertilized regularly, but does not need regular pruning. Wintering in the winter garden is also no problem. Only temperatures below -5 ° C are too cold for the pomegranate. However, pay attention to the right variety: some pomegranates can grow up to three meters high in pots and are beyond the scope of some rooms or balconies.
Tip: Nutrients are used up quickly, especially with fruit in the pot. Therefore, make sure that your plants are adequately supplied. The easiest way is to use a liquid fertilizer. This is simply administered via the irrigation water and contains all the necessary nutrients.