Growing Trees in Pots...

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...The Best Tree Varieties to Keep in Pots.


If your looking for the perfect tree to send as a gift, you have quite a lot of options to consider. Are you after something with beautiful summer flowers, ornamental evergreen growth or delicious fruit? And what if you are looking for one of the above, but know that it going to be kept in a small or already well stocked garden?

If space is an issue, choosing a plant or tree that is suitable for pot growing is the answer. Pots grown trees will usually grow to a smaller size, plus growing trees in pots means less hardy varieties can be moved to a sheltered location when the weather becomes too severe.

While not every tree is suitable for pot growing, we have a fantastic selection of trees that are. Here are some brilliant ranges to explore if you are looking to send a tree gift that can be kept in a pot:


Dwarf Fruit Trees

To create a dwarf fruit tree, the horticulturist will graft the stem from one plant onto the healthy roots (known as rootstock) of another dwarf variety. You will notice a little bump lower down on the stem of your fruit tree. This is the bud union; and is where the two parts of the tree were fused together.


crimson-bonfire-peach-tree This dwarf peach tree will only reach 5 feet!

From you classic British fruits like apple and pear, to more unusual fruit trees like peaches and quince, you might be surprised at the number of dwarf fruit trees out there to choose from. These trees produce fruit of exactly the same size as their full sized counterparts, it is just the height and spread of the tree that will be smaller, usually they grow to a maximum of 6ft / 2m. Perfect for small gardens and patios.

Shop our full range of patio fruit trees here.


Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese Maple trees are another popular choice of tree to grow in a pot or patio planter. These trees work incredibly hard in the garden; they have a beautifully graceful shape and delicate leaves that can turn all kinds of amazing colours as the seasons progress; from purple, red and orange through to yellow and green.


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These trees are also very adaptable because they have compact root systems. They are small trees anyway, so even when planted in the ground most won't grow larger than 30ft / 10m. but pot growing will limit this height further, meaning Japanese maples are perfect patio plants.

View the full range of Japanese Maple Trees here


Olive and Bay Trees

The majority of olive and bay trees that are available in the UK are either trained into a bush or standard shape, like the pictures below. Both shapes are perfect for pot growing, thus ideal for our changeable weather and not quite Mediterranean climate as you can move the plants to a more sheltered location like a shed or porch through winter.


bay-corkscrew-std_0625 a standard bay with a twisted stem

They look so smart set next to a front door or on a patio in a lovely pot; perfect options if you want to bring a little bit of Italy to your garden.

See our full range of olive trees here, or why not find out more about our bay trees for sale?


Citrus Trees

Attractive and fragrant citrus trees remain one of our most popular gifts - not exactly surprising when you consider they can fruit and flower up to four times a year! Much like olive and bay trees, the only way to grow citrus trees successfully in the UK is in pots. Move them into the garden in summer but make sure they are brought indoors as soon as the weather turns; an unheated conservatory or well lit windowsill away from central heating will prove to be the perfect home for your citrus tree.

lemon tree in a pot

With the correct care, you might be surprised how well a potted citrus tree can grow. Check out this lovely picture we were sent from a very happy customer!

Head to the website to see our full range of citrus trees and plants.


Patio Roses

Ok ok, you've got us. These aren't exactly trees. But roses are such a popular plant to give as a gift, we thought it might be useful to talk about the best rose plants for pots. We stock three main varieties of rose bushes; hybrid tea, floribunda and patio.

As the name suggests, patio roses are specifically bred to be kept in pots and planters on the patio. These small varieties will grow to a maximum height of 50cm, and produces smaller blooms than their full sized counterparts.

patio rose bush in a pot

However, if you have your heart set on a floribunda or hybrid tea rose bush, you will be pleased to know that it is possible to grow both varieties in a plant pot, as long as you choose one which is nice and deep, at least 35cm. Roses are long rooted plants, so please ensure the roots are not restricted by stunted planters.

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