email@example.com;775384]I live in zone 5, too cold for figs so I have
them in cheap, $5 pots and they produce
fine. I also have pears, peaches in big pots, rubbermaids.
On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 22:34:38 -0800, "Val" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:-
Gosh, wonder what I have been doing wrong with my container grown 3 way
apple and peach tree on my NW facing third floor balcony. I have them
round plastic tubs, about 20" across and 18" deep. I used potting soil
sale at Home Depot when I planted them eight years ago and they are
and produce beautifully each year. The second year I had them I did use
oil spray on them. Too messy and it stinks right outside my living room
(my balcony is only 7' x 8') so I stopped that. Since then I just hand
the few nasties I see that the birds have missed. I have some bird
in these trees and I read and have been told I'm not supposed to do
either but it hasn't proven detrimental. I have very minimal loss due
bird damage. Other than tossing some alfalfa meal on top of the soil in
early spring and a few foliar feeds of kelp early A.M. from April to
they don't get any kind of special care. I do water them a few times a
or more during the heat of summer if they look dry. A light, quick
only if a branch is growing in an un-esthetically pleasing direction.
had a gorgeous tree peony in a similar sized pot for twelve years now.
also thriving with very similar care. I must be holding my mouth right
something in Zone 8b.
i used to work at a garden center down the road from us and they had
trees in large tree pots--they were like heavy black rubber. now i do
know that some of those trees had been carried over for quite a number
of years before they finally sold--some 5 yrs or more;). we are in zone
5b in southwestern ontario, canada.
our winters get pretty cold and those trees did really well in the
i actually have a number of the shrubs that they also had in pots for a
number of years growing in our flowerbeds.
good luck with your trees and hope that u manage to get a new home and
really enjoy the fruits of your labour soon ;). cyaaaaa, sockiescat.