Planting fruit trees can be a piece of cake if you follow a few simple instructions. You don’t have to do any fancy prepping or spend too much money. Just love your trees and they will grow like crazy.
There are so many varieties you can grow at your balcony, but you have to make the right choices. Your balcony will look cute and fresh all the time. It’s time to wake up the gardener inside you, and fuel up your fantasy.
Your balcony doesn’t have to be boring and gray. Turn it into a tropical paradise, and enjoy every bit of it. You can keep a few potted fruit trees. Do you know that when grown on a dwarfing rootstock fruit trees can flourish in pots?
Consult a specialist supplier for anything you need to know and choose the best tree type for your balcony. Make sure there is a great pollination and take more than one tree to provide it. Cherries, apricots and peaches are self-fertile. In other words they fruit on their own without another three. Apples and pears need a “partner.”
Apple trees are quintessential orchard fruit and grow as a bush on dwarfing rootstock, espalier, U-shaped cordon or double U. You can grow Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and many other varieties that pollinate one another.
Pear trees flower earlier than most fruit trees. Late frost sometimes damages the flower which is why you should cover the branches with fleece if they blossom too early. Pears grow as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or as a cordon, espalier, U-shaped cordon or double U. Barlett, Moonglow and Doyenne du Comice are the tastiest varieties.
You don’t need two cherry trees to get fruits. If birds attack your tree, consider netting. A fully established tree gives gorgeous blossoms and sweet fruits. Grow the tree as a bush on dwarfing rootstock or against a warm wall. Morello and acid cherries like shady north-facing walls. Lapins and Stella give tasty fruits.
Plum trees are sturdy and deliver a lot of fruits. Plum trees are self-fertile and don’t require a lot of pruning in summer. Thin out developing fruits to get enough fruits each year. Thin plums in midsummer to get them 2 inches apart.
Potted fig trees may turn into gorgeous fan-trained patio decoration. Figs like their roots confined and are easy to train into fan shapes if you secure their branches against a warm wall.
If you live in a cool climate, protect young fruits by tying sleeves of plastic bubble wrap around them. Don’t tie them too tight. Leave the sleeves with an open end so the air can circulate. Remove fruits larger than a pea in fall. Pinch out any growing shoots of the tree in the early days of summer as you need only five leaves per shoot.
Plant fig trees in soilless potting mix or soil-based mix in a large pot (18+ in diameter). Keep the pot in a sunny and sheltered area, and water it regularly. Use liquid seaweed every two weeks in the growing season.
Peaches and apricots
Bonanza is a delicious dwarf peach variety and Pixzee or Pixie-cot is a tasty apricot variety. You can grow these as freestanding trees in a pot or as fans.
Peaches and apricots are dormant in winder. They are hardy fruit trees that blossom in the early days of spring. Late frost can sometimes damage the flowers.
If you live in cool areas, bring the tree indoors to protect the flowers or cover it with horticultural fleece that has been trained against a wall. These trees can self-pollinate, but they do need a hand in the pollination process. Use a soft brush to rub the pollen onto the surrounding flower once it’s fully open.
It grows beautiful flowers with pleasant scent. The flowers may develop into small, round fruits that are too sour to taste. Use the fruits to make jam or cook them with other foods. Calamondin oranges are the only citrus plant that can be overwintered indoors. You can keep them inside throughout the entire year.