Now that fall is here, outdoor gardening has slowed down considerably in preparation for the winter. Now is a good time to look into using ornamental plants to spruce up your yard, deck, or patio. Ornamental trees or shrubs will make a noticeable difference when strategically placed in areas where a lot of entertaining is done – it will make the area look more polished and help keep the air clean, to boot
One of the common apprehensions about adding a potted tree is the size – and weight – of a pot large enough to hold the roots and enough soil to allow it to grow. The GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot is the answer for these concerns; available in sizes ranging from ½ Gallon to 1,000 Gallons – the GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot will have you covered from a Dwarf citrus to a fig tree. The GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot is lightweight and long-lasting, so your tree will be happy for years to come.
Here are the top five trees to consider that work well in a container:
Citrus: Dwarf citrus trees are especially well-suited to being grown in containers, but regular citrus trees like lemons, limes, oranges, and tangerines are just as well suited. Citrus trees need full-sun, though they are hardy to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s best to bring them indoors for the winter where they can enjoy a sun-filled window until the weather warms up again. Citrus trees need well-drained soil; Mendo Mix by Royal Gold Soil would be a good choice.
Japanese Maple: These trees are especially lovely in the fall months, and can be kept reasonably small with careful pruning. Though hardy up to minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit, they are somewhat delicate when it comes to windy conditions and overly hot, direct sunlight. If located in a cooler area, they’ll work best in direct sunlight, while they’ll do best with a spot that offers partial shade in the hotter areas. The soil should be kept moist, and it should be given fertilizer sparingly. Avoid soil that has a fertilizer already added to it, as this may burn the roots.
Olive: Olive trees are naturally shallow-rooting, and will do well in a container for years if tended to properly. Make sure it’s placed in a sunny location, and the soil is kept moist. Place it inside or keep sheltered during winter in a cold climate, and consider a fruitless variety if you want to avoid cleaning up the mess left by oily dropped olives!
Southern Magnolia: This show-stopping tree comes in a variety of cultivars, can be either evergreen or deciduous, and can range in mature height from 12 to 20 feet tall. This means a lot of research into the best magnolia tree for your climate should be done before grabbing the first tree you find – but finding the right magnolia will be worth it! The soil used should stay moist, but not wet, and the tree will need to be watered several times a week for the first month. In addition, it’s important to add a top layer of mulch, sand, or peat to help retain the moisture.
Fig: Perfect for an outdoor courtyard, fig trees have large, lobed leaves that will provide plenty of shade, and they bear fruit twice a year; once in early summer and again in fall. Figs trees grow well in containers as long as they receive plenty of sun and are watered consistently. Fig trees grown in a container will stay smaller than fig trees planted in a garden, but if they’re given plenty of water and sun, will still produce sweet fruits.
Trees need all the same care taken of them as any other plant – frequent watering, fertilizer, and pruning are all part of growing any plant. This is where a GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot will make the biggest difference for your trees! The GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot has a self-supporting square bottom design, and allows proper drainage while naturally keeping roots cool. The most significant advantage to using a GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot is the air root-pruning capabilities of every GeoPot; this is where the roots are ‘pruned’ by the air when they reach the edge of the pot, causing the plant to constantly produce new and healthy branching roots. The trees won’t just look good in a GeoPot Fabric Gardening Pot, they’ll grow better because of it!
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