It doesn’t take much to grow a healthy tree these days – all it takes is a bit of regular TLC. Even if you don’t have a large yard or garden to grow trees, but your heart still desires one, you can still can grow a tree in the comfort of your home – all you need is a decent-sized pot for it. A potted tree adds lush scenery to your garden and can make you feel one with nature whenever you’re home. As we celebrate Earth month, here are three trees you can grow in a pot:
Edible fig tree
Just imagine all those delicious recipes you will be able to create with the figs you’ve grown yourself. Fig trees require plenty of sun and should be watered regularly to grow to their full potential and to turn out fruit that is juicy and sweet. So if they’re growing indoors, make sure to take them outside during the day to get the sunlight they need.
Mature size: This tree grows to about 10 metres, but being contained in a pot will reduce its eventual size.
If you would like to jazz up your patio with a Spanish or Italian theme then an olive tree is ideal. An olive tree can live in its pot for many years if you take good care of it. Use well-draining soil when planting your tree and place it in a sunny area.
Mature size: Olive trees can grow up to 40 metres in height, and its large crown can spread up to 6 metres wide. However, trees in pots can be kept to a much more manageable size!
There are plenty of conifers you can choose from that are perfect for growing in containers. Pine, juniper, evergreen conifers and cypress trees are just a few – they also just need well-draining soil and thrive in full sun. Choose slow-growing conifers that stay smaller and will not outgrow their containers – Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’ is a popular variety that has lovely rich golden foliage and a narrow growth habit.
Mature size: Dwarf conifers reach less than 5 metres when mature.
Extra tips for growing a tree
- Water a tree immediately after you’ve planted it.
- Mulch your tree straight after planting – it helps to retain water by keeping the roots moist.
- When you prune your tree, remove any branches that are broken and weak. Be careful not to remove too many – best practice is to leave at least 1/5 of the branches.
- If your tree does not display a healthy green colour when growing this could mean that it needs fertiliser.
Taking care of your tree is just as important as taking care of your home – you will do whatever you can to ensure it’s safe and receives the TLC it needs. A great way to give your home TLC is to have home insurance to protect your valuables. Apply for an insurance quote so you can start saving money and live your way.