What size cube planter for a fruit tree

What size cube planter for a fruit tree

What size cube planter for a fruit tree?

We're getting ready to plant a fig tree on the balcony and we're not sure what cube planter is appropriate. I know that fruit trees require quite a bit of care, but the cubes are very nice looking. So the question is, which cube planter should we go with? The biggest is 8", the medium sized are 6", and the smallest is 4".

So my question is this: for a tree that will be planted in the middle of the house and will eventually be watered with a drip irrigation system, which cube is best? Is the square 4" cube too small? I've seen many on e-bay and they're very small and I'm not sure how effective they'll be.

Another option I saw on e-bay was some kind of plastic tub that you insert the tree in. Any thoughts on that? Is that a really great option?

Re: What size cube planter for a fruit tree?

If I remember correctly from growing citrus in those plastic tubs, you're better off with two of them as one can't keep the soil in unless you have excellent root formation from the tub...and I think that is an important aspect to growing the plant in containers.

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Originally Posted by kenn_j

If I remember correctly from growing citrus in those plastic tubs, you're better off with two of them as one can't keep the soil in unless you have excellent root formation from the tub...and I think that is an important aspect to growing the plant in containers.

I'm not sure that is necessarily the case. I did that for 2 years and grew up in Florida so I know the soil is fairly loose and would eventually work itself out and dry out at the roots if not kept moist.

That said, the best soil I ever grew fruit in was a 1-gal pail that I used over and over. The roots had to push up to the soil every which way to make contact with the soil and I never had to water unless the roots got a drought. I'm not a fan of a plastic tub but I'd be fine with a large plastic container.

I am considering one of these http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9N0M44 from the same source as the other planter (cubes from the same company). The size is a little bigger than a cubic foot, they look nice (as does this option) and you won't be tempted to put it in a pot on your windowsill, but it's still a cube. I'm going to order a small one (4-5" on each side). I also think I'll go for the peat based, if it has peat is better.

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Thanks for the feedback. I know the one above looks great but I was looking for a different look. I'm going for simplicity, not for looking trendy, lol. I'll give this cube planter a shot.

I do like the look of the above planter. I used to grow tomatoes in a square foot pot and I hated it, it took a long time to get everything established in a square foot. The cube looks like it could work much better. I'll probably order the cube to match the one above.

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I just found this thread.

I have to say that you really should have bought your own pot for the cube.

I also am going to order the cube.

I've never used a cube before. I have used a square foot planter. They fill up too fast and it takes too much work to get a square foot in shape.

I like the idea of having less waste. If I have to change them out every year or so that's OK.

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I've never used a cube, but in the past I've successfully grown strawberries in a small plastic pot with a hole in the bottom. If you have trouble filling it up, use a chopstick or something to push in the soil.

I'm interested to hear the results. Are there any downsides to this method?

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For a fruit tree in particular, I'd recommend a cylinder/cube. The plant roots are very good at expanding in the direction they are pushed and this makes a flat root system in the middle of a round pot, which is good for water/drainage. Also, fruit trees have very short root systems compared to non-fruiting plants, and thus are very sensitive to being kept moist.

The cube looks like the perfect size for your needs. You should give it a try.

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I like the cylindrical shape better. I will get the cube. I'm a little reluctant to put a tree in the cube. I'm planning to plant about ten fruit trees. It is a little tight to work with. I was thinking of just using the bottom half of the cube. You think that would work?

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We've been growing many fruit trees (we have more going in the ground today) in 8 gallon cube pots for about 2 years now and we've been very happy with the way it works. As far as I know, there are no downsides to this method, just know that you won't be using as much pot as you will be in the ground.

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I have a couple of trees in 8 gallon containers, and they seem fine. I will get the container you recommend, and I would be careful with drainage. The container has a good amount of soil. The trees are on the outside edge, and I have noticed a good amount of water splashing on the containers. Does anyone have any tips for this problem? I would rather not dig holes and put drainage, if possible.

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Do you need a good size root ball?

Do they do well in small containers?

If the tree is in a container, how much soil do you have to remove?

I have a couple of small fruit trees that were given to me when we downsized, and I was told to put them in a large container and keep them watered. They now have some leaves and are putting out fruits, but they're very small and green. It is difficult to care for them because they do not have access to the soil that has been removed to make room for the container. They are also very small. They were small before they got moved into the container, but they have not started to increase in size. I just don't know if they have enough space to begin expanding. If you can help, I would appreciate it.

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Don't use the plastic pots. They have a bad

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