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Updated: Sep 24, 2018

Though plants will grow just about anywhere if we take care of them and don't neglect them in the summer heat, when it comes to food producing plants growing in containers there are a couple of rules to follow:

1. Size matters

When growing any plant that produces fruit in the confined space of a container, size matters. The bigger the container the better.

A bigger container means that your fruit plant will have better access to food and water to generate the energy it needs to produce a respectable harvest. Small containers tend to dry out quicker and make container gardening very maintenance heavy.

Ps in our container gardening course I teach you how to build your own self watering container so you can reduce the amount of watering, saving you time and money.

food photography, strawberry, rosemary,

2. Nutrition is King

It turns out plant are just like us, they are exactly what they eat. You can’t be brilliant on a bad diet or worse no diet at all. Plants must have a healthy diet if they are going to produce healthy fruit and in a container situation the plants are totally depended on the gardener for their nutrition.

So add compost and organic fertilizers to keep your plants well fed.

Food photography, bluberry, bluberry shake,

3. Sun is flavour.

The sweeter the fruit, the more time it needs to spend in the sun. Sun exposure is graded as:

Full sun - 6 to 8 hrs of direct sunlight;

Half sun - 5 hrs which can either be morning sun, afternoon shade or morning shade and afternoon sun. The latter is better as it’s a more intense heat; and

Shade - 0 to 3 hrs of sun exposure.

Full sun is the ideal condition for fruit producing plants. However the following fruits will do well in half sun conditions:


Cape gooseberry






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