3 Fruit You Can Easily Grow In Pots
3 Fruit You Can Easily Grow In Pots
Written by: Kavata Kithome
The age of information has begun to usher in a wave of growing your own food. The good news is that it is rather easy, regardless of whether you have a spacious backyard or just a simple fire escape that can hold a few plants. It seems that there is no excuse not to try to grow something.
For a novice gardener, it is good to know that some fruits and vegetables can easily be grown in small pots, saving you space, time and a huge potential mess. By doing so, you will get to reap the benefits of fresh fruits almost year round if you have the window space to bring your pots inside for the winter.
Can you say BONUS?!
In my research and very limited experience, I have found three fruits you can grow in a pot, in order of difficulty! Um… yes!
Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits. It is so sweet and juicy and tropical, what’s not to love? So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that you can grow pineapple in a pot (*squealing with joy*)! You can even grow it if you don’t live in a tropical area. This is how:
- All you have to do is cut off the crown (the green spiky part) of a fresh pineapple and soak it for about a day in water so it will absorb the moisture.
- Then, you can plant it in a gallon-sized container and put it in a warmer, sunny spot inside or outside. If it’s warm, you should certainly grow the pineapple outside – just be sure to bring it in at night if the temperature drops.
- Pineapples are the perfect starter plant for a novice gardener such as myself, because they don’t need a lot of water or any kind of special soil.
This find surprised me, because if you have ever seen cantaloupe grow, then you know that it grows in vines. So as hard as it is to believe, I say, why not try it out?
- You can grow cantaloupe with just a few large pots or containers. Smaller plants that produce smaller melons are a good choice if you do not have a lot of space, but if you have a back deck or porch, then I say, go big or go home.
- Just remember, cantaloupe will grow out in vines, so if you’re growing bigger plants, you will need bean poles or some kind of support system to help hold them up.
- Cantaloupe need a lot of heat to help the seeds germinate. Some people will use heating blankets or mats to help the seeds stay between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once the seeds germinate (some little green part pushes through the seed), you can transport the containers outside or to sunny area.
My sister LOVES strawberries, so this was an awesome find for her, especially because strawberries can thrive indoors and can grow year round! Strawberries in December? Yes, please!
- Strawberries need a sunny spot near a window or artificial sunlight, according to DIY & Crafts.
- You also need to choose a specific type of strawberry to grow. According to Do It Yourself, choose the ever-bearer red alpine strawberries if you want to grow your strawberries indoors for most or part of the year.
- If you want to grow them outside for most of the year, then a local greenhouse can give you insight on what will grow best given the climate of your area.
- You need a pot or hanging basket between 16 and 18 inches.
- If you keep your strawberries inside, then you can plant them at any time of the year.
- If you want to keep them outside, plant them in the early spring if you live in a colder climate and in the fall if you live in a warmer climate.
- According to Organic Life, water them regularly and apply fertilizer about three times per year and eat them (harvest) as soon as they start to produce to make room for new strawberries.
The desire to grow our own food is definitely growing and I am grateful to live in the information age, because information is so easily and readily available for those looking.
If you are in search of a garden project, try one or all of these fruits and share your experience in the comments below! We would love to hear from you.
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Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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