Keeping Trees in Pots


Being able to keep trees in pots adds versatility to a garden. Many trees, both fruit and ornamental, are suitable for growing in containers. the below advise will help you get the most out of your tree.

Pot Size

The ‘Patio’ pots we supply are fine for the first year but thereafter we advise potting in to a half barrel or similar sized container. Approximately 40 litre capacity is ideal for most specimens.


During summer months it is essential that trees in pots are kept well-watered. A little water every day will keep the tree healthy. If you go on holiday do ask someone to pop around and water your pots whilst you are away!


Trees in pots will benefit from some fertiliser, spring is the best time to add this when the growth is fresh and vigorous. A general purpose liquid feed is fine and/or slow release fertiliser pellets sprinkled on the top of the soil in the pot.


Most patio trees will require little pruning as they do not have a great deal of vigour, however, as with all trees some light pruning may be beneficial.  Pinching out tips of fresh growth and cutting off any dieback is sensible. Some varieties will have individual pruning requirements.

For more information on pruning see below.

How To Prune Ornamental Trees

How To Prune Fruit Trees


Keeping containers free of weeds aided by a bit of mulching will help the trees flourish. We would not advise planting lots of flowers in with the tree as they will compete for water and nutrients.


Most Patio trees will not need any support but a good cane in the pot for apples on M27 will help prevent the trees leaning over if they produce a heavy crop of fruit.


Look out for the patio symbol on our coloured labels, information guides, books and throughout the website. This represents trees that are suitable for growing in containers.

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