How To Mulch Container Plants: Container Garden, Fruit Trees & More!

How To Mulch Container Plants: Container Garden, Fruit Trees & More!

In this video, I show you how to mulch container plants. Whether you’re growing fruit trees, a vegetable garden or flowers, mulching container garden plants is important for maintaining their health in most cases. We discuss WHY, WHEN and HOW to mulch container garden plants, and what’s the best mulch to use.

In this video, I mulch fig trees in containers, citrus in containers and coffee trees in containers as examples, but these rules holds true for mulching potted plants of almost any kind where the top of the soil is exposed to the evaporation effects of the sun.

0:00 3 Reasons WHY You Should Use Mulch In Your Garden
1:25 Why Mulching Container Plants Differs From In Ground Plants
2:54 WHEN To Mulch Container Garden
5:21 WHAT Container Mulch To Use
6:37 HOW To Mulch Fruit Trees In Containers First Year
7:50 HOW To Mulch Older Containers And Refresh Them
9:42 Final Thoughts And Summary
10:38 Adventures With Dale

If you have any questions about how to mulch container plants in your garden, want to know about the things I am growing in my garden, are looking for any gardening tips and tricks, or have questions about gardening and organic gardening in general, please ask in the Comments below!




Miracle-Gro Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
Miracle-Gro Soluble Bloom Booster Plant Food
Miracle-Gro Soluble Tomato Plant Food
Jack’s Fertilizer, 20-20-20, 25 lb.

Southern Ag Liquid Copper Fungicide
Southern Ag Natural Pyrethrin Concentrate
Monterey Organic Spinosad Concentrate
Safer Brand Caterpillar Killer (BT Concentrate)

Cordless ULV Fogger Machine
Weed Barrier with UV Resistance
Organza Bags (Fig-size)
Organza Bags (Tomato-size)

Injection Molded Nursery Pots
Heavy Duty Plant Grow Bags
6.5 Inch Hand Pruner Pruning Shears
Japanese Pruning Saw with Blade

Double Tomato Hooks with Twine
String Trellis Tomato Support Clips
Nylon Mason Line, 500FT
Expandable Vinyl Garden Tape

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  1. Bob the Slacker on July 8, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Nice looking plants. If you ever do experimenting I’d like to know if drip-irrigation can fully soak a pot of soil just as well as flood-&-drain. I have found dry patches in my larger pots of soil & am not sure if drip is as efficient as simply dipping in a tub.

  2. Jim L on July 8, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    From one of your original subscribers (I think you were under 25k when I signed on), congrats on hitting 100k+!! Very well deserved; I’ve learned stuff from you that no one else even discusses. Your knowledge level and communication skills are outstanding.
    And Dale…well, he’s the star of the show (no offense…)!! Jim in FL

  3. kosta16auto on July 8, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    How do you fertilize with the mulch? Right over the mulch or move away the mulch.

  4. Teresa Delgado on July 8, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Very informative as usual. Love to see your videos. I have been doing a lot of things to my fig that you have suggested. I am in Central Florida. It is humid and hot as you may know. Thanks again for all the information.

  5. Nicole Grows on July 8, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Millennial Gardener,
    My Peach tree broke at the trunk. Someone just mentioned that I may have had borers. The tree had so much fruit on it! I guess that I can take clippings and start new trees?

  6. C B on July 8, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Aww Dale! Do you know how long it generally will take for leaf mulch to break down in a garden bed. Idk why I’m having so much trouble finding that answer 🙂

  7. Connie C on July 8, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Great video! Question: I get sooooooo many pillbugs after I started using mulch. Is that bad? What should I do about the pillbugs? Kill them or ignore them? Thank you!

  8. The Misplaced Country Girl on July 8, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    What about using grow bags for fig trees?

  9. mzundastud07 on July 8, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Great video! Explained well and something I will be looking to do with our new columnar apple trees! 😊 thank you!
    And thanks Dale! 🐾

  10. Ricker’s Homestead A Hobby Farm on July 8, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    March 29th. You waited a while to post this video lol.

  11. Sequoyah Tucker on July 8, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Good information. When I bought my citrus trees, they had rice hulls as mulch, which I had never seen or heard of. I was told it’s good for citrus plants because it takes a while to break down and if/when it mixes in the soil, it aerates.

  12. Chris on July 8, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    i found a 2-4mm gravel that works well as a mulch. doesnt allow bugs to set up shop and keeps moisture in. it can be dug into mix without problems. lasts for years.

  13. Martha Kratz on July 8, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    I had heard that about mulch but never an explanation so thank you for that.

  14. The Cappy on July 8, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Can you go over the benefit of lime for figs?

  15. Valorie Griego on July 8, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for another helpful and informative post. I’m just starting to add fruit trees and bushes to our edible landscape. Your posts have been very helpful.🙂
    Dale is too cute!😃

  16. Lee Gaines on July 8, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I love your channel! Thank you so much. One thing I’ve been wondering is if you have plans to transplant your figs into the ground at some point? BTW, I am in western NC and am moving onto a property with .7 acres in the next month and am going to start growing stuff. I’m excited, but I wanna do it right, so I am using your channel as one of my main research sources.

  17. Mar Schlosser on July 8, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Why figs in pots? You can raise banana plants, and they’re a lot more sensitive than figs. Mulch, definitely. But, when it gets too hot, will you put something reflective around the pots?

  18. Lettuce Go Back In Thyme on July 8, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations on your 100K subscribers!🍾💐

  19. Steve Battista on July 8, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for the info !!

  20. wolfeagle on July 8, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Do you put holes in the bottom of your buckets for drainage? I assume you do.

  21. Arran Greenleaf on July 8, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Nailed it!

  22. innerjon on July 8, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Great info!

  23. dru tube on July 8, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Where do you get your containers from?

  24. boinerz on July 8, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Dale is far smarter than the average dog, and a lot of humans I know! Once again, concise, easy to understand instructions on a vital function for great gardening. Thanks!

  25. isai pexton on July 8, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Double likes for the Dale video.

  26. Tony Renaldi on July 8, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    You don’t even suggest taking last years mulch off before apply this years?

  27. Sharon Hryndza on July 8, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    What size containers (black) did you use?
    By the way your a great speaker!

  28. Anidn Menoscwicz on July 8, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    "containers tend to dry out quickly" oh, boy do they. esprcially out in direct sunlight

  29. Arafat Ahmad Qureshi on July 8, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Question, please answer: in one of the videos you mention slow release fertilizing every two weeks. My question is how do you give slow release fertilizer when you have mulch on top of container?

  30. Arch Stanton on July 8, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    It’s getting over 100 degrees here and our vegetable plants and fruit trees need some mulch to help keep them cool. I have a few bags of cedar mulch, a little bit of bark and wood chips from the firewood pile, some fallen leaves/needles from some kind of huge juniper type tree, and a few dry leaves from a deciduous tree. The only thing I can buy in my area is hay or straw from a local feed store. Which one of these for mulch would you recommend for my raised bed and fabric container vegetables (eggplant, cucumbers, okra, peppers, pole beans, and tomatoes) and in-ground fruit trees (apple, apricot, jujube, peach, plum, and pomegranate). By the way, I gave away my figs but looking at your trees makes me want to find a different and give it another try. Cheers!

  31. A Frenchie In the World on July 8, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Poor Dale !!! Thank you for the laugh !! Awesome video again 👍🌿

  32. * KARMA * on July 8, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    pine needles ?

  33. yimnvs on July 8, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Dale is hilarious.

  34. Miss Molly on July 8, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Can you please let me know how you keep Dale from peeing on your plants?! Neighbors dog is super sweet and cute but he pees all over my garden.. I dont want to use anything that could hurt him.

  35. LensOfWisdom on July 8, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    I put mulch around 2 weeks ago because we had a heat wave lasting for a week with over 100F

  36. Yanni P on July 8, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Excellent video on how to mulch.

  37. Arthur LeVine on July 8, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    How do you handle fertilizing once you’ve added all the mulch? Do you have to push it out of the way to get it directly on the soil?

  38. Southside Carly on July 8, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the video!

  39. John Lone on July 8, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Mulching is a must for every plant – in-ground or container. I use straw and horse bedding as mulch, and it’s water & money saver. I only water on a weekly or so basis; I use moisture & pH probe so I can dig in & check the water moisture deeply. Another thing to be mindful is if you use those fabric growing bags/pots; they dry-up fast. For my fruit trees, I use cardboard I get from order I receive, then i put the leaves and other pruning underneath the cardboard. Again, another money saving materials, as well as, picking up the free natural woodchips/mulch from our village park; free pick-up & use for the town residents. So, another thing to check in your village or town. It beats spending money & buying things that otherwise available to you for free.

  40. Manases J. on July 8, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Where do you get your containers?

  41. Patricia’s Primer Jardín on July 8, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Wow 🤩 I’m early 💚🙌
    Peas sound so crunchy 🙂 🐶

  42. M Uziklvr on July 8, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Dale is such a character! Do the black plastic pots stay cool enough all summer or will you be painting them a light color?

  43. Jeannette Ugorji on July 8, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Would a plant container wrap help protect 3 baby fig trees from frost damage during the coming winter? I already have a few rolls of insulated pipe wrap, but I wonder if it might be detrimental to the root system of the fig. Another great video.

  44. jj Sweet Jane on July 8, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    He’s a cutie thank you very helpful

  45. Richard deTriquet on July 8, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    What fig tree is shown while you’re speaking at 4:00? Beautiful healthy tree and nicely pruned for a container!

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