5 great container fruit

Here are five top choices for miniature fruit for pots and containers.

If you think you can’t grow fruit in a small garden, then think again. The breeders have been miniaturising our fruit bushes, canes and trees and now there are lots of fantastic fruit to grow in pots and containers.

raspberry

Raspberries:

One of the easiest fruits to grow, raspberries are perfect for pots and there have been several new varieties and launches of new, innovative strains in recent years. Raspberry ‘Little Sweet Sister’ is a world novelty, compact variety growing to around 80cm and is classed as an autumn raspberry even though it starts fruiting in mid July. It’s also thornless and fruits on this year’s canes. Easy to prune, simply cut back the old canes to 5cm in February and it will fruit on the new canes that form.

blackberry

Blackberries:

If space is at a premium, then grow a thornless autumn blackberry in a planter. The fruits are full of flavour, juicy and glossy and perfect for pies, preserves and crumbles. Blackberry ‘Little Black Prince’ is a new variety, the result of years of breeding and one of the low fruits from Lubera. It grows to under 1m tall and bears fruit of 1-year-old canes.

blueberry

Blueberries:

Blueberries are the perfect choice for growing in pots because they need special ericaceous or acidic growing conditions that are absent from many gardeners. Simply plant into quality ericaceous compost for the very best results. Blueberry ‘Little Blue Wonder’ is one of the most compact blueberries: growing to only 50 cm high so it’s great for small gardens. It’s a magnet for bees and flowers for several weeks and has beautiful autumn leaf colour. The berries are small, but sky blue and very, very tasty.

blackcurrant

Blackcurrants:

Blackcurrants are a rather underrated fruit and yet one plant can be very productive and produce masses of berries. Blackcurrant ‘Little Black Sugar’ is a compact variety that shows good resistance to powdery mildew and has large and very sweet fruits growing up to just 100 cm. It is not only compact, but also very bushy and well branched with medium to large, very sweet fruits on small clusters of berries.

Rhubarb ‘Lilibarber’

Rhubarb:

Rhubarb is on-trend. Whether for a curry dish, salad or hipster smoothie, syrups and cordials for summer drinks or transformed into exquisite vodkas and other infusions, it’s the must have plant of the moment. But if you only have space for a pot, fresh mini rhubarb from your balcony is now available! Rhubarb ‘Lilibarber’ brings the rhubarb flavour and freshness to the balcony garden, but also enables completely new types of uses. This absolute novelty, a kind of Lilliput rhubarb, truly lives up to its name: the plant is only 30 cm high. The stalks and leaves only grow about 10 cm high; they hang in the autumn; if they are not harvested, and they sometimes hang over the edge of the pot. The stalks are only 3 – 4 mm thick; so you can use them more like herbs and spices than traditional rhubarb.

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Rhubarb ‘Lilibarber’