The best potted fruit plant options for small space gardens | Gardening 101 | Gardening Australia

The best potted fruit plant options for small space gardens | Gardening 101 | Gardening Australia

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Dwarf fruit varieties are grown specifically for courtyards or for patios and they’ll only reach about 2 metres in height. They have the added benefit that when it comes to picking fruit and maintaining your tree, you don’t have to get up on a ladder! Jane takes a look at some varieties of fruit trees that are made for growing in pots!

Grapefruit and Lemon:
A normal grapefruit tree can grow 8 or 9 or more metres high so it’s too big for a pot. So when you’re looking for a dwarfed one, check the label that it does say dwarfed.

Grapefruit ‘Marsh’ will only grow about 4 metres and they’d be terrific in a large pot. You can even keep them pruned if you want.

A good dwarf variety lemon is the Lisbon lemon. Lisbon are popular because they are a true lemon that gives you that ‘fish and chippy’ sort of taste!

Cumquat Nagami has a little tear-drop shaped fruit. Cumquat can tolerate a cold climate and the Nagami variety is a great choice because it’s a hybrid of a lime and a cumquat. It’s called a limequat and the lime gives the wonderful flavour, and the cumquat element gives it its cold tolerance. It’s perfect for growing in a pot.

Finger Limes:
Finger limes are a little bit thorny but they’re terrific and ideal to grow in a pot. They can grow to up to 5 metres high but can be pruned to keep them manageable.

Can you grow an avocado in a container? Yes, you can – especially if you look for a variety called Wurtz. Wurtz is a good sub-tropical plant but will also take a little bit of the southern climate’s cold. It’ll grow to be 3 to 4 metres high.

Avocado will need a large pot. Something like a wine barrel is ideal. They will take about 4 years to develop fruit, but with plenty of fertiliser and plenty of sun, you will be eating the most magnificent avocados from your own backyard.

Planting Potted Fruit:
Potting a fruit plant is really quite easy but there are few simple things that will really help your plant along. Your pot should always have drainage holes. There is a myth that you should put broken crock or bits of gravel down the bottom to cover that hole, but with the quality potting mixes that we have these days, there is no need to do that. In fact, covering the hole raises the water level of the plant and so you’re going to get the plant roots sitting in saturated soil which can cause them to rot. Use a premium quality potting mix, as these contain plenty of fertiliser and will feed the plant for at least 6 months.

Featured Plants:
LEMON ‘LISBON’ – Citrus cv.
CUMQUAT ‘NAGAMI’ – Citrus japonica cv.
LIMEQUAT – Citrus japonica x aurantiifolia cv.
FINGER LIME – Citrus australasica cv.
AVOCADO ‘WURTZ’ – Persea americana cv.

Filmed on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country | Bulleen, Vic

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  1. catey62 on January 13, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Loved watching this. I only have a tiny little courtyard in my rented home, but I have 4 dwarf trees in large pots now. a dwarf Navel Orange, a dwarf Mandarin Lime, a dwarf Lisbon Lemon, and a mini Nectarine thats only meant to grow to 1.5 metres tall. as well as these, I also have a finger lime in a large pot, mine is the ‘Pink Ice’ has some fruit on it at the moment and I’m really looking forward to trying those once they’re ready. and I also have 2 Olive trees in pots too. I wish I could find more native ones to grow, but I seem to have trouble finding them here in S.A.

  2. urbanrat84 on January 13, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Great topic!

  3. Alan Shrimpton on January 13, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Do you need root prune when in the size of pot you want? Could you do a video on that and how often?

  4. Gardening Perth Western Australia on January 13, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Would love to grow them but they are so expensive.

  5. Alex Bradbury on January 13, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    So much of this information is wrong. I believe she’s confusing the desert lime with the fingerlime for one. Alot more than just citrus to choose from too yet we always have videos on them

  6. Life is beautiful NZ on January 13, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    How different between Limequat and Kumquat. Which one better tarty taste

  7. leslie devlin on January 13, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Great show people just picked some blue berries from my 🌲👍👍👍👀👀👀

  8. Yogesh Puri on January 13, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Great information, looking forward for guava, olives and berries in pots as well

  9. Catpony 1 on January 13, 2022 at 3:46 pm


  10. jamshid nikkerdar on January 13, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Great 👍 👌

  11. shitzuation on January 13, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Fabulous vid!! 🍋🍊😋

  12. New Mind Garden on January 13, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    Amazing sharing.. 👌👌🌷🌷🌷

  13. yh liu on January 13, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Just wondering why use gravels instead of mulch on the top?

  14. TJ’S BACKWOOD PLANTS on January 13, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Awesome dwarf fruit trees

  15. Gurpreet Singh on January 13, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Hi @GardeningAustralia, thank you for the wonderful video. Can you pls add the name of the nursery to the credits? Thx

  16. Fahrul Fahrul on January 13, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Very nice

  17. Jeanette Wilkinson on January 13, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Gardening Australia
    would putting stones on top as mulch still be ok when using vasilis black grit?

  18. Augustine Kopa on January 13, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Love citrus and yes dwarf fruit trees is amazing

  19. my small gardening on January 13, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Lovely video 👌👌👌

  20. Nadine Soussi on January 13, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Don’t believe a word she says ,its not permanent after 2 years you would have to take them and put them in the ground otherwise they will die in the pot ,it makes me sick how these people don’t give you the full information don’t waste your money or your time putting fruit trees in pots ,it advertising.

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