Trees In The Containers
Growing trees in containers is a great way to liven up your outdoor living space and enjoy the beauty of nature, even if you live in an apartment or have a very small yard. Not all trees are suited to containers, so think carefully when choosing both the container and the tree. When planting a tree in a container, you should consider the conditions that you have in your space. Many fruit trees are available in dwarf form. These trees need plenty of sun, but not beating sun, and plenty of water. Palm trees also make good container grown trees. Many varieties can take beating sun and little water. Most container grown trees will only grow to be between 4′ – 10′ tall. You can grow larger trees in containers, but if they grow above 10 feet, you will need to provide a very large container to accommodate the root system. The bigger the tree is, the bigger your container will need to be. Also, take into account the amount of wind in your area when considering container size. Container grown trees are prone to being blown over because they are not well weighted on the bottom.
Make sure that the container is large (and therefore heavy enough) to keep the tree upright in the normal wind conditions for your space. Another thing to consider when looking at how to grow container trees is that the tree will need excellent drainage, which can be difficult to accomplish in a large container. Larger containers will be more likely to have soil or just the weight of the soil block drainage holes. Fill a few inches of the bottom of the container with stones to help provide drainage that will not get blocked.