AMAZING RESULTS: GROW FRUIT TREES IN CONTAINERS – Complete Guide

AMAZING RESULTS: GROW FRUIT TREES IN CONTAINERS – Complete Guide


Hello Friends! In Today’s episode, we will look into some
important gardening tips and tricks on successfully growing fruit trees in containers. Topics like Which fruits trees to choose – Seed
grown vs Cuttings grown vs Grafted Trees. Where to purchase high quality grafted fruit
trees and some important repotting tips for newly bought plants whether from online nursery
or offline. All that’s coming up! Please watch this episode till the end, as
I have discussed some really important points and concepts. Well, Lets look into the Topics Covered in
this episode: 1. Plant Purchase: Seed grown vs Cuttings grown
vs Grafted Trees. 2. Repotting: Should I repot immediately after
purchase? 3. 10 Golden Rules to Follow while repotting
a plant 4. Common Care Tips for Growing Fruit Trees. Let’s begin:
1. Plant Purchase: I am sure most of us might
have this question in mind: Growing from Seeds vs Growing from Branch Cuttings or Choosing
to Purchase a Grafted tree. Which one do you thing you should opt for? First of all, growing from seeds is a great
fun thing to do and we all have done it many times for gardening fun and experimenting. But the major disadvantage of seed grown tree
is they are not “true to seed” – meaning they may not produce identical fruit tree
and more over it might take ages for the seed grown trees to products fruits, but of course
there are some exceptions. Secondly, Plants grown from cuttings including
the air layering method may produce the genetic clones of the parent tree. Fruit trees such as figs, pomegranates, mulberries
and many others are generally grown by this method. But the major problem with this method is
they do not have enough roots developed to support fruit production and more over there
are only fibrous roots and no tap roots which are important for fruit trees for anchorage. Whereas Seed produced plants have a well developed
tap root system and this concept is used in Grafting. The ‘root stock’ which is the lower portion
of the plant with strong root system and the ‘scion’ which is the branch from selected
delicious fruit tree which is grafted on to the root stock. We have discussed various types of grafting
and its advantages in another detailed episode. You can check that link in description. Having Said that, its time to choose which
trees to purchase for your container gardening. It’s obvious that grafted trees, specially
dwarf varieties are the best one to grow in containers. These are some of the fruit trees I purchased
online from nurserylive.com which I think is the largest online nursery in india. As you can see this is a healthy mulberry
tree loaded with delicious fruits. This is a grafted tree. Then this is another great grafted pomegranate
tree. This is a fig tree and looks fine and healthy. Then this is a banana tree and the last one
is a cashew tree which is again a grafted tree. I also got some free gifts with my purchase. This one looks like lavender plant, this is
some flower booster fertilizer and also these straw berry seeds which I will certainly try
to grow and review in another episode. So far, I am extremely happy with these plants. Look at the potting mix they have used, it’s
really awesome. Most local nurseries use clayey soil which
is quite difficult to get rid off. I have provided some links to purchase these
plants online in the description box below. Now the second Topic:
2. REPOTTING: Whether Purchased online or offline
from a local nursery, people often have a misconception that immediately repotting a
newly purchased plant into a larger container and a nutrient rich potting soil will make
your plant grow like crazy. This is not always true. Now let’s discuss some Very important points
and concepts, that you must keep in mind if you want to keep your newly purchased plant
healthy and avoid the so called repotting or transplant shock. To answer this question, let us ask 2 QUESTIONS:
1. When Do I repot a New Plant Purchased offline,
that’s from a Local Nursery or Garden Store? 2. When Do I repot a Plant Purchased Online? Like from nurserylive.com or amazon
Now, lets quickly look into the conceptual answers to these queries. 1. If your plant just came home from a local
garden centre or nursery, DO NOT REPOT IMMEDIATELY. Let it adjust to its new environment for few
days or atleast a week before repotting it. This is because the Plants are already in
shock at their new residence until they get used to new factors like light, temperature,
and humidity conditions. 2. Then in second scenario, that is when you
purchase a plant online. Repotting immediately is the best solution
in most cases. Because, it is very much likely that the plants
would have travelled hundreds or thousands of miles and many days without any water or
moisture before reaching its final destination. The plant will be going through a recovery
period and an acclimation period during these days of transport in whatever medium the seller
packs them in. So, Why let the plant re-acclimate twice in
this situation. Now the third Topic: The 10 Golden rules of
repotting. Let’s quickly list them one by one: 1. Water the plant the day before you plan to
repot. 2. Perform Repotting in the evening hours to
prevent shock to the plant during sunlight that is the day time which is the active period
for photosynthesis. Let it get overnight period of rest and recovery. 3. To Remove the Root Ball, Gently Tap the rim
of the pot to a hard surface like a table or a counter. This is to loosen the root ball instead of
pulling it with force which can damage the roots or the stem. If the root ball resists to come out, run
a knife between the pot and the root ball to loosen the root ball. 4. Inspect the root ball for things like: any
root worms or maggots, root disease and if they are root bound to decide whether you
want to repot in a larger container or perform root pruning. 5. Choosing the Right Container: For fruit and
Vegetable plants especially if you are growing on terrace, choose fabric grow bags as your
first preference. This is because they are not only light but
also follow the principles of AIR PRUNING and can grow into healthy trees using this
principle. If you want to know what is air pruning, you
can watch my detailed episode on that from a card linked here at top right corner of
this screen. Then It’s also very important to choose
a pot that is of appropriate size for the plant. Like, You should never pot a 6 inch pot plant
into a 14 inch or a very large pot. Go Step by Step, Choose one or two steps higher,
like 6 inch pot, you can plant in 8 inch or 10 inch pot and so on. 6. Drainage Holes: This is probably the most
important factor you should consider. If you do not make enough drainage holes at
the bottom of the pot, your plant will stand in water and lead to root rot and death of
the plant. 7. Choosing the Right soil: . As a general rule
use a well draining nutrient rich soil with atleast 30 percent compost like vermicompost
or decomposed cowdung. To make it well draining, you might have to
add cocopeat or peatmoss to garden soil in proper proportions. Make sure you also add stuff like bone meal
or soya bean meal for inducing flowering and fruiting. You can watch my detailed video on the best
Potting Mix recipe from a link in description. 8. Partially fill the container with potting
mix and then place the root ball exactly in the center of the pot. Then add additional soil to cover the empty
space. Make sure the surface of that root ball is
below the rim so you can cover it adequately with potting soil or compost and also this
good space for properly watering your plant. 9. Gently tap the pot on a hard surface to remove
air pockets and to level the soil from within. 10. Finally After Repotting, water the plant thoroughly
and this remove the left over air pockets and stuff like that. Then to counter the Repotting or Transplant
Shock, you can follow these simple steps: Water the plant with Epsom salt solution weekly
once for a about a month. The dosage is 1 teaspoon Epsom salt per litre
of water. Finally keep the plant in indirect sunlight
or under a green shade net for atleast a week, before shifting to full sunlight. Plant specific care tips for individual trees
will be discussed in separate detailed episodes. Regarding the common care tips for fruits
and vegetable plants, please watch my detailed episode from this end screen link circled
right here. So, there you have it folks, please gimme
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