Starting Fruit Trees Out in Containers

Grow Lemon, Lime, Peach or Cherry Trees in Any Climate

By Gina LiVorio Posted on 5/31/2019

To grow full-size fruit trees, factors such as the correct climate and an adequate amount of space is needed. If your garden doesn’t meet those requirements, get your feet wet with growing fruit trees by starting them out in containers first. The process of growing fruit trees like lemon, orange, lime, apple, peach or even cherry trees might be easier than you think!

Containers won’t produce as much fruit as a tree would, but it’s the perfect quick fix for those who desire the ability to pick their own fruit but live in a cold climate.

Below is a guide to starting fruit trees out in containers, for those who don’t live in the most ideal environments to grow the real thing.

Fruit Tree Gardening

Choose the Right Container

When new to growing fruit trees, start out in a small container with the intention of repotting into a larger container. This will provide easy mobility and room to grow to its full potential. Start with a container size of up to 7 gallons and right before the fruit tree becomes root-bound, move it into a 10-15 gallon container.


Without proper container drainage, your fruit tree simply won’t grow. Extra water should be able to drain out of holes on either the side or the bottom of the container to avoid root rot. Air needs to be able to penetrate the soil for adequate growth. A good tip to help with drainage is to add a layer of rocks or gravel to the bottom of the container before adding your soil


Potting soil is ideal for growing plants in containers. Once the fruit tree of your choice is added to the middle of your pot, add more soil to the top and pat it down around the roots.

Water When Needed

Overwatering will be the death of your fruit trees. Paying close attention to your plant’s watering needs will pay off in the long run. Test the soil with your hands and if it feels dry, it needs water. Watering daily might not be necessary, so be sure to test it out for dryness then water as needed.


Winterizing is another step to growing healthy fruit trees in containers if you plan on keeping the containers outside over the colder months. Just as you would winterize any other plant, trees planted in containers are no exception. Pruning and mulching will protect your fruit trees from the harsher elements and help insulate the roots from the cold.

We hope this guide to starting fruit trees out in containers inspires you to grow your own lemon, lime or peach tree. We know how difficult it can be to sift through internet searches for the seeds you’re looking for. Our thousands of verified vendors can help you find the perfect fruit plants!