Growing Fruit Crops in Containers
Larry K. Jackson and Jeffrey G. Williamson
1. This document is Fact Sheet HS-57, a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: April 2004.
2. Larry K. Jackson, professor (retired), CREC-Lake Alfred, and Jeffrey G. Williamson, professor, Horticultural Sciences Department, Cooperative
Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and
other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,
sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service,
University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Larry
People frequently want to grow some types of
fruit trees in containers, because of poor soil,
improper climate or lack of sufficient space.
Fortunately, a wide variety of fruit trees can be grown
in containers with some degree of success. However,
such plants will rarely be as attractive or grow and
fruit as well as those grown under optimal conditions
in the ground.
One of the principal reasons for growing fruit
plants in containers is portability. Thus, tropical and
subtropical fruits can be grown in containers in areas
where freezes might occur. The size and mobility of
the containers allows the plants to be moved indoors
during periods of damaging temperatures. This does
not mean, however, that temperate zone fruits can be
produced in subtropical areas, because these fruit
trees require a certain amount of cold weather each
winter in order to grow properly and produce fruit.
Many fruits which can be successfully grown in
containers are listed in Table 1. It is by no means
complete, as most fruit trees could be grown in
containers if the size of the container were not a
problem. Most will produce some fruit if given proper
Containers may be plastic, metal, clay, ceramic,